Information Science and Cognitive Psychology: A Theoretical Approach

  • Armando Malheiro da Silva
  • Fernanda Ribeiro
  • Fernanda Martins
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 96)


Information, as a human and social phenomenon, is the object of study of an emergent scientific field named Information Science (IS), which we put forward as unitary and transdisciplinary and open to a rich interdisciplinarity with other fields of knowledge. In face of the new reality, baptized the ‘Information Society’, and the emergence of a new paradigm, that we name “post-custodial, scientific and informational”, as opposed to the previous one, “historicist, custodial and technicist”, it is urgent to consolidate the theoretical and methodological foundations of IS in order to develop research, both pure and applied, and to contribute to a definition of its boundaries as a scientific area, in the scope of Social Sciences. Starting from an operative definition of Information, this paper aims to discuss the cognitive and emotional dimension of the info-communicational phenomenon and, for that, it is crucial to start a profound and hard dialogue with Cognitive Sciences. The label of ‘cognitivist’ given, in IS literature, to some authors like Bertram Brookes, because of the emphasis he put on the passage from a state of knowledge to a new state through an addition of knowledge coming from an increase of information, sounds quite equivocal, because knowledge and cognition are not synonymous and cognitive and emotional activity is not reducible to formalities. It is necessary to compare concepts and to understand the neuropsychological roots of the production, the organization and the info-communicational behaviour, so the contribution of Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences, namely Cognitive Psychology, is indispensable.


Information science cognitive psychology interdisciplinarity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Armando Malheiro da Silva
    • 1
  • Fernanda Ribeiro
    • 1
  • Fernanda Martins
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto / CETAC:MEDIAPortoPortugal

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