„Cognitive anthropology is the study of the relation between human society and human thought.” -Roy D’Andrade, The Development of Cognitive Anthropology
The aim of this course is to present some of the main themes of contemporary cognitive anthropology and the various ways how to use an interdisciplinary approach of cognitive science and anthropology.
Main focuses are:
- introduction of research strategies of contemporary cognitive anthropology;
- introducing research perspectives which are promising in sheding light on muliple relations between human cognition and cultural phenomena.
- Anthropology and Representations
- Natural pedagogy: Childhood as a Crucial Period of Acquisition of Cultural Knowledge
- Naiv Theories (Naiv Biology, Naiv Sociology, Naiv Psychology), their Cognitive and Cultural Conditions
- Cognitive Foundations of Religion
Learning outcome, competences
- appropriate knowledge in the main fields of anthropology
- is sensitive to and interested in noticing phenomenas and problems of Anthropology
- analysis and interpretation of anthropology tools
Evaluation of outcomes Learning requirements, mode of evaluation, criteria of evaluation:
mode of evaluation: examination
- Boyer, P. (2003). Religious Thought and Behaviour As By-products of Brain Function. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7(3),119-124.
- D'Andrade, R. (1995). The Development of Cognitive Anthropology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Kronenfeld, D. et al. (Eds.). (2011). A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Sperbe, D. (1996). Explaining Culture: A Naturalistic Approach. New York: Blackwell.