Cognitive science faces a major methodological and conceptual change since the 90's. Whereas the brain was traditionally conceived as being the only seat of intelligence, many researches emphasize the entrenchment of the brain in body, context and culture. In 2006, a conference was held at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and allowed researchers from various fields to interact and discuss such issues. Cognitio 2006 was an occasion for philosophers, cognitive scientists and biologists to present the latest developments in their discipline, and this book aims at providing a general overview of current research on embodied, situated and distributed cognition.
Benoit Hardy-Vallee is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of philosophy at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the naturalization of rationality and the theoretical issues raised by empirical approaches to economic rationality. He wrote several articles on decision-making and neuroeconomics.Nicolas Payette is a graduate student in the department of philosophy at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He has a background in computer science and is interested in how computer simulations can help solve philosophical problems. His current research focuses on multiagent models of the evolutionary development of science.