The second lecture in the Incite Your Curiosity lecture series from the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Nersessian studies the cognitive and cultural mechanisms that lead to innovation. A Regents Professor and Professor of Cognitive Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Nersessian is the author of the book Creating Scientific Concepts. In this book, she rejects the notion of eureka moments to account for scientific breakthroughs. Her analysis draws on cognitive science research and historical accounts of scientific practices to show how scientific and ordinary cognition lie on a continuum. In her current work, she is investigating creative problem solving in interdisciplinary bioengineering research laboratories. Nersessian has a PhD in philosophy from Case Western Reserve University. She is a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She recently was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
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