The Future of Cognitive Science

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary study that is becoming increasingly important especially in the 21st century. This broad field of science attempts to understand the mind and intelligence. And this interdisciplinary field encompasses philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. Historically, cognitive science dates back to mid-1950 when researchers in several field began to come up with theories in an attempt to understand the complex functioning of the mind and computational procedure. Today cognitive science has become such a popular topic as people try to demystify the mental process involved in the processing of information.
Furthermore, with the increasing breakthroughs in the world of technology, cognitive science is at an all-time high as scientist are beginning to use technological advancement to further unlock the hidden wonders of the human thought and intelligence. Already, the success in the field of cognitive science is overwhelming that it’s easy to start imagining what the future holds as regards cognitive science. So, what’s does the future promise as regards cognitive science? From our painstaking research, here is what we discovered:

  • Cognitive science and virtual reality (VR): Virtual reality is one technology that is continuing to revolutionize the world. With the development of technologies like the Google daydream VR, it’s easy to see how cognitive science is being adapted to make virtual reality a possibility. Already, the year 2016 witnessed the launching of VR games and applications that try to simulate the human mind and thought. Hence, the future of cognitive science will be tilting more towards how virtual reality can be improved to address cognitive based rehabilitation especially among disabled people like stroke patients as they attempt to make a full recovery.
  • Cognitive science and artificial intelligence: Cognitive science and artificial intelligence are two related discipline that tries to understand the human thought. While cognitive science attempts to study human reasoning, language, emotions, attention, perception and memory, artificial intelligence strive towards designing of computer software and hardware that are capable of intelligent behaviors. Although Artificial intelligence has been described as the future of technology, the contributions of artificial intelligence to cognitive science and biology is too little compared to how biology and cognitive science has contributed to the development of AI. So far, what we have been treated to as regards, artificial intelligence is just a bunch of apps and techs that can simulate partial human thoughts. Hence, the future would see more studies directed toward understanding more of the intricate dynamics of cognitive science and how artificial intelligence can be improved before AI can boast of full-fledged cognitive capabilities.
  • Cognitive science and neurological science: The future of cognitive science is tilting towards neuro-science more than ever before as psychologist and neuro-surgeons try to understand the functioning of the nervous system via the complicated functioning of the brain. With the advancement in technology, neurologist now use what is called a functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) to find out which areas of the brain are preferentially activated when processing different types of information or engaging in different types of behavior. Also neuroscience now employ virtual reality to understand how humans navigate within this realm.

Bottom Line
Cognitive science is very important field of science that attempts to understand the complex functioning of the brain and how the brain interprets information. With the development and advances in technology, this field has been successfully incorporated into other areas like artificial intelligence and virtual reality in an attempt to simulate the human thoughts and behaviors using various computer software and hardware.
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