3D Mind Map: CogSpace

CogSpace is a 3D representation of the Mind Map I set out to make - and is made out a little more professionally, of course. The Graph plots various aspects of Cognitive Science in one of the 8 quadrants formed by three Cartesian axes. The axes themselves are made out of "Psychology, Anthropology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Linguistics as dual pair terminal points." For the uninitiated, it also gives brief summary of each point (representing a sub-genre) and how it contributes to the collective whole.

Go ahead, have a look! CLICK HERE
(And no, I'm not making money for the clicks)

You may also checkout the formative research paper HERE and the blog post HERE.


Cognitive Science Mindmap


As you must be aware, a Mind Maps, developed by Tony Buzan, is an holistic way of learning and understanding a subject. It involves using the Right Brain, resulting in a better overview and gives a creative new insight to the subject matter at hand.

I've designed a mind-map trying to integrate the various branches of cognitive science/s, pointing out the nuances and scope of each sub-field. Please feel free to point out corrections or suggestions. Alternately, you may download the original MindMap HERE (.mm format), modify it and mail it across to me, and I would upload the revised version here.



Hello everyone and thanks for dropping by!

This blog is to be my collection of findings through reading, research and experimentation; along with some questions, ideas and promises - on the vast, interdisciplinary and ever growing field of the Cognitive Sciences. It would be a mixture of retrospection and prospection, or introspection and extrospection.... Of theoretical and empirical studies, of results obtained inside and outside the laboratory, of technologies applying to war and peace. This blog will try and provide a universal and unbiased approach of a field that is yet malleable enough to be pulled or pushed towards one approach of study, but robust and promising enough to establish itself as a Science of its own.

This brings me to the title of the blog - The Cognitive Sciences. Although the field is now called by many as Cognitive Science, it still remains as a gray area between several fields. Indeed, Cognitive Science/s finds its roots in nothing less than 8 schools of study, ranging from Psychology to Neuroscience (Neurology and Anatomy), Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Philosophy, Anthropology, Linguistics, Sociology and Education. It is truly an multidisciplinary field. The field of Cognitive Science got a formal existence after a rather grueling conference of scientists from varied backgrounds at Kansas City in 1978. It has applications in Research, Medicine, Technology, Management, Marketing, Advertising/Sales and Defense.

In fact, this field is so nascent and diverse, that I found it quite difficult finding an appropriate Graduate program for my further studies. Different programs at different universities, not only specialized in a particular niche of the whole, but also called it different names. Whats more - the programs featured in different departments! For example, TCD has its Cognitive program under Department of Statistics, while LSE has its program in the Department of Management; OSU's is in its Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Other Universities have their Cognitive Sciences programs in the department of Psychology, Language, Humanities, and Bio-Sciences.

Hence it is quite understandable for a prospective student to feel a certain degree of foreboding, even alarm. This isn't very different from my own story. But I (with the help of numerous professors, researchers, managers and visionaries) have quelled any doubts and am now quite confident about embarking on this exciting new journey. Now it's my time to repay the favor I received, to budding Cognitive Psychologists, Scientists, Engineers and Managers.

I didn't find a basic yet comprehensive blog explaining the concepts of the Cognitive Sciences, as well as updating the reader with latest news, trends and breakthroughs... so I thought I'd make one myself.
My role and aim throughout this blog would be to encourage any and all interest in this field, fueling curiosities and providing an initiative platform, so as to set people moving in the right direction. I'll try and make this as interactive as possible, for I seek to learn and grow just as much as to guide. Comments are definitely appreciated, and some feedback will go a long way into helping me and other zealots in this field.

This blog then is for those who're specialists in their area (out of the many areas this field encompasses) - as they would be in a great position to help; for those who are just finding their way into this vast and daunting field (just like me) - it would help us share ideas and plan careers; and finally for the ones who're flirting with the idea of entering the Sciences from its multiple avenues, and need the right kind of guidance with a small kick-in-the-right-place to get them fully involved. This blog then, is for everyone, however high or low up the specialization ladder you may be, or whichever sub-field you may belong to.

It would be my endeavor and hope that this turns into a forum for knowledge sharing, the for development of new ideas, and eventually for a worldwide Cognitive revolution! I would need your support for the same and urge you to contribute. I intend to have co-authors, only on request. If you would like to contribute as a writer, follow the instructions in the "Contact and Contribute" section. Alternately, you could leave queries, suggestions, doubts etc as a comment and I'll try and work towards it. Additional links, suggested books, blogs and courses are welcome too. I look forward to having you on the blog more often and hope to hear from you soon!

P.S. Due to its vastly interdisciplinary nature, some people (including me) choose to still call the field Cognitive Sciences, and hence the title of the blog is "The Cognitive Sciences". It remains a dream that these Sciences would indeed merge into one concrete niche, recognized and accepted the world over, which we would then call Cognitive Science.