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10th Anniversary
Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium

The Cognitive Science of Concepts: Contrasting Perspectives Across the Disciplines

April 10 - 11, 2020, Michigan League Ballroom

The 10th anniversary Marshall M. 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 different ways across cognitive science's sub-disciplines, 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.


Friday, April 10, 2020, 2:00-5:00 PM

Do Apes Believe? The Concept of 'Belief' in Great Apes and Human Children / Michael Tomasello, Duke University

Followed by Poster Session & Reception


Saturday, April 11, 2020, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Babies as Scientists and Concepts as TheoriesMarjorie Rhodes, New York University

Concepts are Shaped by CultureSandy Waxman, Northwestern University

Conceptual Structures in Artificial MindsSurya Ganguli, Stanford University

Categorization as Explanatory Reasoning and Armchair PhilosophyMichael Strevens, New York University

Followed by Discussion Panel with University of Michigan Faculty



Directions to the Michigan League Ballroom, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Ballroom is located on the 2nd floor of the League.

Ramp Access: Use building's south entrance (Facing N. University Ave. and the circle driveway)


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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. The overall aim of the 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 includes a keynote address, presentations by leaders in the field, student poster session, panel discussion, reception, and ample time for participant and student interaction.

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.