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Cognitive sociology investigates the ways in which sociocultural factors shape and guide the process of human thought. While cognitive science studies the neurological mechanics of thinking, cognitive sociology analyzes the ways in which such mechanics are variably executed within different sociocultural contexts. In this way, cognitive sociology backgrounds issues of cognitive universals (i.e., the elements of neural processing that all humans hold in common). Rather, the field systematically maps the differences and distinctions that define the thinking of those in various groups, communities, and locations.

In an attempt to familiarize readers with this approach to thought, this discussion highlights cognitive sociology's intellectual roots, its major areas of inquiry, and accompanying research findings.

Roots of the Field

What is thought… and how does one come to study and understand ...

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