Kensy Cooperrider
Cognitive scientist

Kensy Cooperrider is a cognitive scientist who lives in Chicago. He has written for Scientific American Mind and JStor Daily, among other publications, and hosts the podcast Many Minds.

Written by Kensy Cooperrider

Laugharne, Wales, 1959. Photo by Philip Jones Griffiths/Magnum

Essay/
Language and linguistics
Hand to mouth

If language began with gestures around a campfire and secret signals on hunts, why did speech come to dominate communication?

Kensy Cooperrider

With the appearance of the first rays of the sun from Cerro Huantajaya in Alto Hospicio, northern Chile, people celebrate the arrival of the Aymara New Year, Machaq Mara, and the arrival of new energies. Photo courtesy Gobierno Regional de Tarapacá/Flickr

Idea/
Cognition and intelligence
What happens to cognitive diversity when everyone is more WEIRD?

Kensy Cooperrider

A Sicilian peasant explains to an American officer which way the Germans had gone. August 1943 in Troina, Italy. Photo by Robert Capa, courtesy International Center of Photography/Magnum

Essay/
Cognition and intelligence
Gesture talks

Across vast cultural divides people can understand one another through gesture. Does that make it a universal language?

Kensy Cooperrider