Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Cognitive Conditions and Tools

Title: Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Cognitive Conditions and Tools
Format: Working Paper
Publication Date: 2010
Description: Interdisciplinary collaboration figures centrally in frontier research in many fields. Participants in inter-disciplinary projects face problems they would not encounter within their own disciplines. Among those are problems of mutual understanding, of finding a language to communicate both within projects and with the scientific community and society at large, and of needing to master concepts and methods of different disciplines. We think that a concentrated research and development effort is necessary to analyze, on the one hand, cognitive conditions of successful understanding, communication, and interaction and, on the other, to develop specific tools and methods that support and facilitate inter-disciplinarity both in practice and in educational projects that prepare future generations of professionals within and outside of academia. Those tools need to be developed and their cognitive efficiency measured.
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Citation: National Science Foundation (NSF). Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE). Publisher's Site.
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