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date: 13 December 2017

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The so-called ‘cognitive revolution’ in American psychology owed much to developments in adjacent disciplines, especially theoretical linguistics and computer science. Indeed, the cognitive revolution brought forth not only a change in the conception of psychology, but also an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the mind, involving philosophy, anthropology, and neuroscience along with computer science, linguistics, and psychology. Many commentators agree in dating the conception of this interdisciplinary approach, cognitive science, to 11 September 1956, the second day of a symposium on information theory held at MIT. Over the next twenty years or so, cognitive science developed an institutional presence through research centres, conferences, journals, and a substantial infusion of funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Keywords: cognitive science, American psychology, theoretical linguistics, cognitive revolution, computer science, interdisciplinary approach

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