2.87 Cognitive Science

Category: Philosophy of Mind

Keywords: processing, computational, input, cognitive, cognition, neural, information, output, network, motor, task, brain, folk, clark, competence

Number of Articles: 305
Percentage of Total: 0.9%
Rank: 50th

Weighted Number of Articles: 230.9
Percentage of Total: 0.7%
Rank: 71st

Mean Publication Year: 1997.3
Weighted Mean Publication Year: 1993.3
Median Publication Year: 1998
Modal Publication Year: 2013

Topic with Most Overlap: Mechanisms (0.0558)
Topic this Overlaps Most With: Wide Content (0.0297)
Topic with Least Overlap: Crime and Punishment (0.00017)
Topic this Overlaps Least With: Social Contract Theory (0.00035)

Cognitive Science

Figure 2.195: Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science Articles in Each Journal

Figure 2.196: Cognitive Science Articles in Each Journal


The common theme to most of these articles is that they live at the overlap between philosophy and cognitive science. There is a big focus on the nature of computation, and this occasionally means the model gets confused and pulls in articles that aren’t really about cognitive science, like Nick Bostrom’s Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?. But most of them, tracing back to Kitcher’s discussion of Marr’s theory of vision, are safely inside cognitive science.

As someone who is involved with the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science at UM, I’m pleased to see this work get this level of attention from the model.

I was a bit surprised it wasn’t larger. I suspect if we ran the model forward in time it would get a bit bigger. Though it’s possible that my decision to not include Mind and Language in the study puts a cap on how big it will get.

I’m not surprised to see Andy Clark be so central to the subject. He turns up on the keywords, the characteristic articles and (separately) the most cited articles. Given his important recent work on predictive processing, I do not think that would change if we extend the model forward in time.