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Hardcover | $50.00 Short | £34.95 | ISBN: 9780262017541 | 466 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 11 figures| July 2012
eBook | $35.00 Short | ISBN: 9780262306317 | 466 pp. | 11 figures| July 2012
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Grounding Social Sciences in Cognitive Sciences

Edited by Ron Sun


Research in the cognitive sciences has advanced significantly in recent decades. Computational cognitive modeling has profoundly changed the ways in which we understand cognition. Empirical research has progressed as well, offering new insights into many psychological phenomena. This book investigates the possibility of exploiting the successes of the cognitive sciences to establish a better foundation for the social sciences, including the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science. The result may be a new, powerful, integrative intellectual enterprise: the cognitive social sciences.

The book treats a range of topics selected to capture issues that arise across the social sciences, covering computational, empirical, and theoretical approaches. The chapters, by leading scholars in both the cognitive and the social sciences, explore the relationship between cognition and society, including such issues as methodologies of studying cultural differences; the psychological basis of politics (for instance, the role of emotion and the psychology of moral choices); cognitive dimensions of religion; cognitive approaches to economics; meta-theoretical questions on the possibility of the unification of social and cognitive sciences. Combining depth and breadth, the book encourages fruitful interdisciplinary interaction across many fields.

About the Editor

Ron Sun is Professor of Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and President of International Neural Networks Society.


"A book on integration of the social sciences is timely....Grounding the Social Sciences in Cognitive Sciences is an important book that should be consulted by anyone interested in rebuilding the mosaic."—Quarterly Review of Biology