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Beyond single‐mindedness: a figure‐ground reversal for the cognitive sciences

Dingemanse, Mark, Liesenfeld, Andreas, Rasenberg, Marlou, Albert, Saul, Ameka, Felix K., Birhane, Abeba, Bolis, Dimitris, Cassell, Justine, Clift, Rebecca, Cuffari, Elena, and others. (2023) Beyond single‐mindedness: a figure‐ground reversal for the cognitive sciences. Cognitive Science: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 47 (1). ISSN 0364-0213. E-ISSN 1551-6709. (doi:10.1111/cogs.13230) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:102362)

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Abstract

A fundamental fact about human minds is that they are never truly alone: all minds are steeped in situated interaction. That social interaction matters is recognized by any experimentalist who seeks to exclude its influence by studying individuals in isolation. On this view, interaction complicates cognition. Here, we explore the more radical stance that interaction co-constitutes cognition: that we benefit from looking beyond single minds toward cognition as a process involving interacting minds. All around the cognitive sciences, there are approaches that put interaction center stage. Their diverse and pluralistic origins may obscure the fact that collectively, they harbor insights and methods that can respecify foundational assumptions and fuel novel interdisciplinary work. What might the cognitive sciences gain from stronger interactional foundations? This represents, we believe, one of the key questions for the future. Writing as a transdisciplinary collective assembled from across the classic cognitive science hexagon and beyond, we highlight the opportunity for a figure-ground reversal that puts interaction at the heart of cognition. The interactive stance is a way of seeing that deserves to be a key part of the conceptual toolkit of cognitive scientists.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/cogs.13230
Uncontrolled keywords: interaction; cognitive science; pluralism; interdisciplinarity; social interaction
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Funders: University of Kent (https://ror.org/00xkeyj56)
Depositing User: Milly Massoura
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2023 14:25 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024 11:56 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/102362 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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