Contemporary research in cognitive science has increasingly turned its attention to the influence that the social environment has on the mind and brain. As a discipline, sociology has done little to reciprocate this turn and examine the neurocognitive dimensions of social life. Two opportunities thus arise for sociologists: first, to inquire how cognitive mechanisms affect the dynamics of social life; and second, to consider how social processes and practices affect cognition.

Central questions orient researchers in the cognitive sociology paradigm: What is the relationship between the social and the cognitive? Can sociologists lend insight on debates related to mind, brain, and cognition? Would sociological theory benefit from empirical research in cognitive science? Is sociology undergoing a ‘cognitive turn’? How should sociologists respond to the apparent threat of neuroscientific imperialism?

This research cluster envisions what a program might look like for a sociology that critically explores, incorporates, and contributes to research on cognition. It seeks to foster sociological research that takes up cognition in any dimension, either as supported by or critical of research in the mind and brain sciences.

For more details about this research cluster, please contact Ryan McVeigh (Lakehead University) or Karen Anderson (York University).