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Nersessian, N. J. (1994). Opening the black box: Cognitive science and the history of science. In Thackray, A. (ed.) Constructing Knowledge in the History of Science. Osiris 10, 1995.

  author = 	 {Nancy J. Nersessian},
  title = 	 {Opening the black box: Cognitive science and the
history of science},
  journal = 	 {Osiris},
  year = 	 {1995},
  OPTvolume = 	 {10},
  OPTpages = 	 {},

Author of the summary: Jim Davies, 2001, jim@jimdavies.org

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Summary: Discusses the motivations for the approaches of cognitive history, outline some problems for it. This paper is written to address problems of historians. The title refers to how sociologists of science have "black boxed" individual scientists.[p10]


Cognitive History is finding a place among the other disciplines as a field of cognitive science.[p2] Cognitive History focuses on the creation, change, and communication of representations of nature.

The sources of data for cognitive history are things like: diaries, notebooks, publications, correspondence, equipment, drawings, diagrams, and pedagogical notes. [p3]

Tweney in Mynatt et al. 1978: Found that the confirmation first bias happend not only in Wason card tasks but with Faraday. [p13]

Structural model: spatial, causal and temporal relations between entities and events that enable simulation. Need not be visual. Used in dynamic mental modeling.[p20]

Thought experimentation is simulation by running a mental model for hypothesis testing.

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