--- Chiu-Shui Chan, Professor of Architecture, ISU
Cognitive science is a combination of cognitive psychology and computer science. Its main direction is to use computers to simulate human cognitive processes, learning methods, and problem solving skills. Recently, cognitive science has influenced research in architectural design, which has yielded results concerning the recognition of design problems, processes of utilizing design methodologies, efficiency of the design processes and products, plus various problem solving methods and skills applied in the design processes. This article is a general introduction of the historical development of cognitive science, its application in architectural research, and its current direction. It also serves the purpose of illustrating the specific influences from the late Dr. Herbert Simon.