Cognitive Science and Meditation

인지과학과 명상

  • 김정호 (덕성여자대학교 심리학과)
  • Published : 1994.06.01


This paper discusses the complementarity of cognitive science and meditation in understanding human mind.Although cognitive science has contributed in scientific understanding of human mind,it has limitations in experiential understanding of human mind.Besides cognitive scoence has dealt mainly with logical and rational aspects of human mind.These limitaions of cognitive science can be overcome by including subjective experience in its subject matter and complemented by introducing meditiation.Medditation in various forms has been practiced as means helping experintial understanding of human mind and the world for many years in almost all cultures in the world.However,the processes of meditation are not fully understood yet.The scientific understanding of the processes of meditiain can be enhanced through approaches of cognitive science.Thus understanding of human mind and the world can be deeper by complementary acceptance of cognitive science and meditiation.