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Cognitive science needs more attention and investment

25 Aug 2019

Mohammad Heydari, a researcher and professor at the university, said that cognitive science is a combination of fields such as artificial intelligence, psychology, neuro-psychology, linguistics, philosophy of mind and some other fields of study. An interdisciplinary nature is the study of cognitive phenomena and behaviors, from perceptions (including the five senses) to intelligent processes (such as arithmetic, problem solving, intuitive thinking, decision making, etc.) and language, memory, learning, and whatever. It can be considered as a cognitive and behavioral phenomenon.

Heidari added: The scientific methods and theories of the various branches of cognitive science have had a significant impact on the development of research and fields of study, interactively in the fields of research.

He also said that based on such an approach, researchers in computer science and artificial intelligence could take desirable steps in simulating and implementing intelligent behaviors by using theories and methods of cognitive science studies and improving theoretical and practical ideas and methods.

However, it is wrong to think that cognitive science is a kind of large-scale research program that brings together researchers with diverse expertise in full harmony, the researcher noted.

Noting that cognitive sciences, such as Newtonian physics or organic chemistry, do not constitute a single homogeneous science, he added: “Anyone who wants to become fully acquainted with all of his fields of study has fallen into error.”

“In this science, we have a whole bunch of major and secondary disciplines that come together,” he said. On the one hand, topical experiments and theories on cognitive behavior are presented in a coordinated and dispersed fashion, and applied research and philosophical controversy are intertwined, and on the other hand passionate discussions about the danger of delinquency and carelessness in certain disciplines, such as intelligence. Artificial or neurologic.

Dr. Heidari further said: “Cognitive sciences are thus far from a coherent and integrated scientific complex and resemble dense clouds that are interconnected by different levels of analysis and competing patterns.

“The field of neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science is one of the new sciences that, together with nanotechnology, biotechnology, and information technology, constitute the set of convergent sciences called the NBIC,” he said. The philosophy of the mind has evolved and has found widespread use in subfields such as medicine, education, sociology, politics, information science, communications and mass media, medical engineering, command and control engineering, and even defense and war sciences.

Cognitive science researcher explained: Many research institutes and universities are engaged in research in the field of cognitive science and are trying to discover the secret of the greatest human capital, the brain and the mind, and recognize its functions as the highest and most sophisticated divine instrument.

“So far, neuroscientists, linguists, psychologists, philosophers of the mind, and computer science theorists have been able to take valuable steps together to discover and explain the cognitive functions of the human brain,” he said. In the short run of the last three to four decades, they have brought us valuable findings. For this reason, they called the 1990s the decade of the brain with the hope that by mobilizing scientific resources and public efforts, they will be able to further the mysterious world of the brain. Take it.

Heidari said advanced countries’ investment in this new science is very significant and there is intense competition in brainstorming and its practical use among countries. In our country, while there has been considerable investment in nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology and significant advances, the fourth member of the converging sciences, cognitive sciences, has not yet taken appropriate action.

He noted: “There is room for more attention to this new knowledge as a mother science that will undoubtedly have had a profound impact on many human areas, to invest more in the development of this new knowledge.”

“Cognitive science, like all branches of human knowledge, has a particular paradigm,” said Dr. Mohammad Heydari, a researcher and professor at the university. Cognitive scientists consider the human mind a complex network that receives, stores and retrieves information and can transform or transform it. The above operations are called information processing and this paradigm is a processing approach.

Source: The Secretariat of the First National Conference on Cognitive Science and Media

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