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Theoretical Directions

The Narrative & Cognition Lab has four directions or practices. 1) First, we will look at how narrative artifacts have been able to investigate or properly explore the human mind, self, and consciousness. 2) Then, we’ll conduct research on which cognitive processes are recruited by experiencing or creating narrative worlds, with a particular focus on imagination. 3) We will also be looking at how human everyday cognition might be or maybe not be narratively textured. 4) And throughout the lab’s life, we will make the case for how narrative artifacts can be of use to cognitive scientists to update or challenge their scientific models. Collectively, this is what we will call the lab’s interdisciplinary mind modeling.  

Watch: On immersion, imagination & experiential crossing

Many metaphors have been used by scientists to describe the mind, from an aviary to a stream to a theatre, and metaphors are key devices in its artefactual narrative investigation. If you have to think metaphorically about the lab, think of it as the building of an interdisciplinary equalizer, whereby we modulate concepts, media, theories, models, findings, technologies, and experiences between cognitive science and narrative studies. The lab can then work as an interdisciplinary production studio, with narrative studies and creative artists on the left speaker, and cognitive scientific research on the right. By tweaking conceptual, experimental, and experiential inputs across the disciplinary divide, we hope to reach a deeper interdisciplinary soundstage, a sort of hi-fi interdisciplinary mind science more accurately accounting for or approximating the experiential complexity of human cognition.