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Full Title: iCog: Cognitive Science Network - Inaugural Conference

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Start Date: 29-Nov-2013 - 01-Dec-2013
Contact: Ryan Doran
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Meeting Description: iCog: Cognitive Science Network - Inaugural Conference
A New Network for Postgraduates and Early-career Researchers Working in Cognitive Science

iCog seeks to facilitate collaboration across constituent disciplines and to raise the profile of cognitive science.

iCog is an interdisciplinary network for postgraduate and early-career researchers in cognitive science. The iCog inaugural conference will be held at the University of Sheffield from 29 November – 1 December 2013. More information about the conference and the iCog network can be found here:

The project of cognitive science is, in the broadest terms, to understand the workings of the mind. Researchers in its constituent disciplines – anthropology, psychology, philosophy, computational intelligence, neuroscience and linguistics – attempt to answer such questions as:

- What is the structure of the mind? Which parts of the mind are innate and which are learned?
- How do we come to perceive the world?
- What is consciousness, and how is it produced?
- What are emotions and other affective phenomena and how do they work?
- What is the adaptive function of various behaviours and psychological capacities?
- What aspects of cognition are uniquely human, and which do we share with other animals?
- How are we able to understand the minds of others?
- How are concepts formed? How do we acquire language? Does language structure thought, and if so, in what ways?
- What capacities are involved in various kinds of decision-making and executive function?
- What is moral cognition and how does it work?
- How much variation is there in behaviours, beliefs and psychological capacities cross-culturally?

Despite a good deal of progress on these and other issues in recent decades, current disciplinary boundaries in the majority of British universities, funding agencies, and learned societies make it difficult for those working in one discipline of cognitive science to receive training in the methods of other disciplines, and meet with researchers working on similar issues in other discipline areas. This can be particularly discouraging for postgraduates and early-career researchers whose research does not fit neatly within disciplinary boundaries. Even where interdisciplinary work exists, balanced and reflective collaboration can be difficult to achieve. The iCog network aims to promote dialogue and collaboration between disciplines rather than one-sided conversations, and to raise the profile of cognitive science in the UK.

Speakers at the inaugural conference will talk about how the constituent disciplines can most profitably work together and/or present case studies of questions or topics that have benefited from interdisciplinary work.

Keynote: Colin Blakemore (Philosophy & Neuroscience, London & Oxford)

Guest speakers at the Inaugural Conference will be:

Rita Astuti (Anthropology, LSE)
Andy Clark (Philosophy, Edinburgh)
Vyv Evans (Linguistics, Bangor)
Danielle Matthews (Psychology, Sheffield)
Edmund T Rolls (Neuroscience, Oxford Centre for Computational Neuroscience & Warwick)

There will also be a range of oral and poster presentations from postgraduate and early-career researchers from a range of the constituent disciplines. There will be symposia on the themes of Consciousness & Rationality; Methodology in Cognitive Science; Cognitive Puzzles: Cargo Cults & Cave Art; Metaphors, Machine Learning & Concept Acquisition; Emotion: Affect Regulation & Affect Bias; Social Cognition & Moral Psychology; Delusions, Hallucinations & Inner Speech.

We are also offering training in the use of PsychoPy software to design and implement computer-based behavioural experiments as part of the conference programme. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please express this on the questionnaire on the online registration portal.
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics
LL Issue: 24.4536

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