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Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium

Held annually at the University of Michigan, the Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium provides an interdisciplinary forum that attracts leading scholars, researchers, and students from a variety of disciplines to examine the science behind significant and timely issues in cognitive science. Past symposia have explored such topics as artificial intelligence, bilingual brain research, the rationality of thought, the cognitive science of moral minds, and the use of neuroscience data in legal judgments, among others. The first Weinberg Symposium was held at U-M in 2009.


Save the Date:  April 10-11, 2020

10th Anniversary
Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium

The Cognitive Science of Concepts: Contrasting Perspectives Across the Disciplines

The 10th anniversary Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium will be held on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, 2020, at the University of Michigan.

The 2020 Weinberg Symposium will focus on concepts--mental representations that are the constituents of thought and the basis for reasoning. Concepts are understood and investigated in interestingly different ways across sub-disciplines within the cognitive sciences, for example in developmental psychology, the study of animal cognition, and the study of artificial minds (i.e., AI). The 2020 Weinberg Symposium will present a range of contrasting and potentially complementary perspectives on concepts from leaders in the field in these respective sub-disciplines.

The overall aim of the Weinberg Symposium is to advance the reciprocal flow of ideas across fields in cognitive science, broadly understood to include neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, and artificial intelligence. The symposium will include a keynote address, presentations by leaders in the field, student poster session, panel discussion, reception, and ample time for participant and student interaction.