I was thinking about studying this awesome science but, unfortunately, it's not being taught anywhere in my country (Czechia). What is the closest scientific branch to cognitive sciences?


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As @Lucianopaz said in his answer, this question is very broad and depends on what area of Cognitive Science you are interested in.

Cognitive Science is an "umbrella term" or a "collective term" for many different sciences.

As the link I provided says, there are 6 main sciences within the collection;

  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Neuroscience
  • AI (Artificial Intelligence)
  • Psychology

but within those sciences there are branches.

Take Psychology for example, and you could specialise in Social Psychology, Behavioural Psychology, Criminal Psychology... the list goes on.

You need to work out what interests you within this collection of sciences to work out what you want to study in college and university.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. Don't you know about any alternative names for Neuroscience? I have heard that not all neuroscientists have a neurology degree but there's again, no chance to study that in my home country $\endgroup$
    – Probably
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 10:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Probably - Have a look at this $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 10:55
  • $\begingroup$ Is AI a branch of cognitive science? $\endgroup$
    – Sensebe
    Commented May 16, 2018 at 8:45

I think it depends on what you find particularly interesting in cognitive sciences.

I think that if you are drawn to learn about human behaviour, emotion, learning, and other aspects of human cognition on an abstract level, then Psychology may be the best branch for you.

If you are interested in the neural-side of the matter, i.e. how a bunch of cells can organize and give rise to function, then you have a broad set of branches to look at. Biology is the most thematically related, and it studies the brain at several scales, from molecular biology that aims to understand gene-expression/regulation, the involvement of different proteins, neurotransmitors or other compounds in brain function, to ethology that studies how living organisms behave.

There are also other scientific branches that are becoming more involved in neuroscience such as computer-science, mathematics and physics, however the core of these branches is farther away from cognitive science than Biology and Psychology. Again, your question is mainly opinion based and it strongly depends on your particular inclinations.


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