, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 1-8

Notes on the cognitive revolution

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Jerome Bruner is George Herbert Mead University Professor at the New School for Social Research and former professor of psychology at both Harvard and Oxford. Bruner has long stressed the importance of the cognitive processes in psychology, and, more recently, has led the movement to put intentionality at the centre of an explanation of human action and language. His book, The Process of Education (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1960), holds a central place in educational thought and has been translated into over twenty languages.
The speech reproduced below was given by Dr. Bruner as the inaugural address to the Centre for Applied Cognitive Science at OISE on 24 February 1983. The Centre, one of two in Canada, is an interdisciplinary facility for research and development on applied aspects of cognitive science, particularly those related to education.