Methods in studying social cognition

April 3-5, 2013, Schloss Mickeln, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

The aim of this meeting is to bring together empirical scientists and philosophers to explore novel experimental methods of studying social cognition. In particular, the workshop hopes to gather researchers dedicated to developing empirical methods that go beyond the traditional Theory of Mind paradigms based on Theory Theory and/or Simulation Theory. Instead of these paradigms, which have largely focused on reflective and observational processes in social cognition, we want to focus on those paradigms that involve social interactions and allow for the study of the cognitive and affective processes underlying the interaction dynamics.

Confirmed Speakers:
- Berna Guroglu (Brain & Development Lab, Leiden University)
- Kiley Hamlin (Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia)
- Mads Henriksen (Center for Subjectivity Research, Copenhagen & Psychiatric Center Hvidovre)
- Ivana Konvalinka (Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus)
- Miriam Kyselo (Dept. of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of the Basque Country)
- Erik Rietveld (Department of Philosophy, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam)
- Jan Slaby (Department of Philosophy, Free University Berlin)
- Bert Timmermans (Social Cognition Section, School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen)

Wednesday 3rd April

13.30-14.15 Registration and coffee
14.15-14.30 Introduction, Marijn van Wingerden (Dusseldorf)
14.30-15.20 Interpersonal coupling as a framework for studying two-person interactions, Ivana Konvalinka (Copenhagen)
15.20-16.10 Studying self-initiated contingencies via interactive and dual interactive gaze paradigms Bert Timmermans (Aberdeen)
16.10-16.45 BREAK
16.45-17.35 Social Affordances & Skilled Intentionality, Erik Rietveld (Amsterdam)
17.35-18.30 Discussion Speakers 1, 2 & 3
20.00 Dinner (Speakers) Restaurant Destille

Thursday 4th April

09.30-10.20 Social and moral cognition in a preverbal population: Studies with human infants, Kiley Hamlin (British Colombia)
10.20-11.10 Social decision-making in peer relationships, Berna Guroglu (Leiden)
11.10-11.45 BREAK (coffee & biscuits)
11.45-12.35 Investigating the neural basis of real-life human behavior and social interaction with intracranial EEG, Tonio Ball (Freiberg)
12.35-13.30 Discussion Speakers 4, 5 & 6
13.30-15.00 Lunch (and poster preparation)
15.00-15.45 Poster blitz
15.45-18.00 Poster session
18:00 Drinks at the Schloss
19:00 Dinner at the Schloss

Friday 5th April

10.00-10.50 Schizophrenia, phenomenology, and empathy Mads Henriksen (Copenhagen)
10.50-11.40 The Socially Enacted Self and its Implications for Psychopathology Miriam Kyselo (Basque Country)
11.40-12.15 BREAK (coffee & biscuits)
12.15-13.05 The resonance model of emotion and the extended mind Jan Slaby (Free University Berlin)
13.05-14.00 Discussion Speakers 7, 8 & 9


Our first workshop was held in 2012:

Pre-reflective and reflective processing in social interaction - March 12-14 2012, Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK.

The aim of the meeting is to bring together neuroscientists and philosophers interested in sensory-motor, perceptual, and cognitive mechanisms of social cognition with the aim of exploring the the role of pre-reflective/implicit and reflective/explicit processes in cooperative and competitive interactions. In particular, the aim is to bring together researchers dedicated to more traditional Theory of Mind accounts, who have largely focused on reflective processes in social cognition, with proponents of an approach that emphasises pre-reflective enactment and engagement in social interactions, as well as perception and cognition more generally.


Ian Apperly (Birmingham), Louise Barrett (Lethbridge), Harold Bekkering (Nijmengen), Stephen Butterfill (Warwick), Chris Frith (Aarhus/Oxford), Bence Nanay (Antwerp), Søren Overgaard (Copenhagen), Natalie Sebanz (Nijmegen), Marc Slors (Nijmegen)

For information about registration please see the call for posters.