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July 29, 2020 - August 1, 2020
This year’s conference highlights research on the theme, Developing a Mind: Learning in Humans, Animals, and Machines, in addition to the full breadth and diversity of research topics offered by the society’s membership.
Co-Chairs: Stephanie Denison, Michael Mack, Yang Xu & Blair C. Armstrong.
Humans and many other animals begin life in possession of very different cognitive abilities, neuroanatomical structures, and prior knowledge as compared to their adult states. Increasingly, computational models are also being implemented in ways that are sensitive to analogous qualitative and quantitative changes in an artificial intelligence’s learning, representation, and processing capacities. Understanding how cognition develops in humans, animals, and artificial intelligence is therefore central to any research conducted within the cognitive sciences.
By emphasizing the role of development within the cognitive sciences, this year’s conference aims to foster the creation of theories that reflect not only the adult state, as is often the focus, but that also reflect the developmental trajectories and the changes in representation and processing abilities that lead to these adult states. It also aims to stress the important and often under-emphasized role that comparative cognition and the study of cross-species differences can play within the cognitive sciences, both in revealing domain general and species-specific abilities. Empirical work on these fronts also holds promise to inform and benefit from insights from AI models that simulate developing minds. Collectively, focusing on development at this year’s conference can help stimulate a paradigm shift in how development is viewed within the cognitive sciences. Rather than being a largely separate theme in its own right, this edition of the annual meeting will help reveal why development should be a central principle that is part of and positively contributes to any comprehensive theory.
We encourage researchers from around the world to submit their best work in Cognitive Science to CogSci 2020, and to join us for discussions of the latest theories and results from the world’s best cognitive science researchers.
The Cognitive Science Society brings together researchers from around the world who hold a common goal: understanding the nature of the human mind. The mission of the Society is to promote Cognitive Science as a discipline, and to foster scientific interchange among researchers in various areas of study, including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Education. The Society is a non-profit professional organization and its activities include sponsoring an annual conference and publishing the journals Cognitive Science and TopiCS.
Where? Toronto, Canada (ONLINE CONFERENCE FOLLOWING COVID-19)
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