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10th anniversary Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium

The 10th anniversary Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium will take place April 10 and 11, 2020, at the University of Michigan. The theme of the symposium is "The Cognitive Science of Concepts: Contrasting Perspectives Across the Disciplines."

Concepts--mental representations that are the constituents of thought and the basis for reasoning--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. 

View event poster here.

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

    Keynote Address: "Do Apes Believe? The Concept of 'Belief' in Great Apes and Human Children" 
Michael Tomasello, Duke University 

    Poster Session
(See details below)


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

    "Babies as Scientists and Concepts as Theories"
Marjorie Rhodes, New York University

    "Concepts are Shaped by Culture"
Sandra Waxman, Northwestern University

    "Conceptual Structures in Artificial Minds"
Surya Ganguli, Stanford University

    "Categorization as Explanatory Reasoning and Armchair Philosophy"
Michael Strevens, New York University

   Discussion panel with U-M faculty


Call for Posters

U-M students conducting cognitive science research are invited to submit a poster for presentation on the opening day of the 10th anniversary Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium. We welcome posters that share research across all disciplines related to cognitive science. The poster session will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10, at the U-M Michigan League (Vandenburg room) following the symposium's keynote address. 

For consideration, poster abstracts should be submitted no later than Friday, March 13, 2020. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words in length and will be vetted to ensure content falls within the field of cognitive science.

Submit poster abstracts using this form before Friday, March 13.


Registration for the Weinberg Symposium is not required. However, we encourage participants to RSVP here to be included on our communication list and to share accomodation requirements.


Michigan League, University of Michigan campus. Directions to the Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. The ballroom is located on the second floor of the League.

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


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About the 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.