Few scientific disciplines have the potential of cognitive science to speak to the problems which people face every day in dealing with an increasingly complex technological, social, and cultural environment. In principle, understanding activities such as perceiving, learning, reasoning, speaking, deciding, and acting should be relevant to improving either ourselves or our situations when cognition is necessary for achieving our goals. Whether by improving our inner world (e.g., through education) or our outer world (e.g., through design), cognitive science promises to provide resources to help people better adapt to their environments and better adapt their environments to themselves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Cognitive Science
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781405164535
ISBN (Print)9780631218517
StatePublished - Feb 26 2008


  • Cognition in mind
  • Dealing with machines
  • Psychological artifact
  • Psychological theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Kirlik, A. (2008). Everyday Life Environments. In A Companion to Cognitive Science (pp. 702-712). Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781405164535.ch56