The Origins of Contemplating Cognition

Welcome to Contemplating Cognition, your source for my thoughts on how we think, how we learn to think, what makes us human, and any other aspect of psychology that  strikes me as interesting that day.

My credentials are sound. I have studied cognitive psychology for the ten years it is said to take to become an expert, as an undergraduate student, graduate student, and a liberal arts professor. I have my Ph.D., and I teach classes on various aspects of cognition (language, theory of mind, belief) and child development.

My inaugural plan is to post my contemplations on Mondays and Thursdays. I am a fan of alliteration, and the Mondays will be Mindful, covering topics related to meditation and mindfulness and their impact on brain and behavior. I think of mindfulness very broadly, so this will also include some “ecopsychology” and reflections on the nature of consciousness and how well we can know our own minds. Thursdays are not alliterated and will roam to all aspects of psychology, including how babies think, the challenge of deciding if aliens are intelligent, and the definition of autism.

First up: Return Thursday for an explanation of the sub-title of the blog, as suggested by my sister, related to an impromptu lesson on language I once gave her at the dinner table that, yes, earned me five dollars.

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