SweCog 2023 in Göteborg

The 18th SweCog conference of the Swedish Cognitive Science Society will be held in Göteborg. The conference is free for all members and will take place between Thursday October 5th and Friday October 6th.

Invited Speakers

Prof. Virginia Dignum, Umeå University.

What is Responsible AI and why should you care

Karin Jensen, Karolinska Institutet.

Predictions of relief: the science of the placebo effect

Prof. Pär-Anders Granhag, University of Gothenburg.

The detection of lies: Emotional vs. cognitive approaches

In addition to the keynotes, Swecog 2023 will host a panel consisting of Prof. Virginia Dignum, Prof. Jonas Ivarsson, Assoc. Prof. Robert Johansson, and Prof. Tom Ziemke, moderated by Assoc. Prof. Linus Holm.

Panel discussion on AI: What is left to the human mind when machines do the thinking?

Important dates

2023-06-22 Submission deadline for abstracts and short papers
2023-08-23 Response from reviewers
2023-09-20 Submission deadline for revised camera-ready abstracts and short papers
2023-09-23 Deadline for registration
2023-10-05 Conference starts

Call for Participation

SweCog invites both oral and poster presentations, covering all areas of cognitive science. We welcome presentations of on-going work as well as recently finished studies. If you would like to present, please submit a presentation abstract or a short paper, following the specification stated below. Desired presentation form (oral or poster) can be indicated when submitting.

Abstract submission

Submitted abstracts should be up to 200 words as plain text along with the conference registration. All accepted abstracts are included in the SweCog conference proceedings, which are published online.

Short paper submission

Submitted short paper manuscripts should be written using the provided formatting template, covering 1 to 3 pages including images and references. Manuscripts are submitted in PDF format.

Submitted short papers will be reviewed by two external reviewers, focusing on providing constructive feedback to the author. Accepted contributions will be included in the SweCog conference proceedings. The review process is by default fully open, revealing both authors and reviewers names, including reviewer feedback with publication. Reviewers can however request to be anonymous. Authors of accepted contributions will also be asked to provide an author response along with the camera ready submission.


Oral presentation
Participants accepted for oral presentation are asked to prepare a 15 minute presentation, preferably using PowerPoint or similar visual support. An additional 5 minutes is reserved for questions. If the number of submitted oral presentations exceeds the number of slots, priority will be given to short papers, while considering scientific quality, topical spread, and speaker diversity.

Poster presentation
Participants accepted for poster presentation are asked to prepare a poster that you print and bring to the conference. Details on poster size will be provided closer to the conference.

Registration and submission

Registration for SweCog 2023 is free of charge. Both abstracts and short papers are submitted through this webpage, along with your registrations. Submissions may also be updated later by logging in to your SweCog member's page.

Registration for SweCog 2023 has closed.

Conference Programme

Thursday October 5th

12:30 — 13:00 Registration
13:00 — 13:50 Invited speaker: Karin Jensen
13:50 — 15:15 Oral presentations (session 1)
Axel G. Ekström: Partisan users select partisan search queries: Further evidence for the “self-imposed filter bubble” hypothesis
Amandus Krantz: Trust me when I speak: Using speech to mitigate effects of robotic errors on trust
Katie Winkle: Navigating Risks and Opportunities Pertaining to Robot Identity Performance and Abuse
Ilaria Torre: Can a gender ambiguous robot voice reduce gender stereotypes?
15:15 Coffee Break
15:45 — 16:50 Oral presentations (session 2)
Alexander Berman: Counterfactual reasoning capabilities of GPT: Preliminary findings
Andreas Chatzopoulos: Cognitive explanations and Large Language Models
Joel Parthemore: ChatGPT and AI: Is the hype warranted?
16:50 — 18:00 Poster session with elevator pitch
All poster presenters are invited to do an elevator pitch of 2 minutes before the start of the poster session. Pitches in Torg Grön, Floor 4, and poster session on Entrance floor, Forskningsgången 6
18:30 Reception with light food. Staff area, Floor 3, Forskningsgången 6

Friday October 6th

09:00 — 09:50 Invited speaker: Pär-Anders Granhag
09:50 Coffee Break
10:10 — 11:50 Oral presentations (session 3)
Mattias Forsgren: “The report of my death was an exaggeration” – no evidence to rule out associative learning in non-stationary probability learning
Linus Holm: Information source credibility predicts curiosity in trivia fact learning
Maybí Morell Ruiz: Processing of estimation in adults using Two-choice-NLET
Mohammad Hossein Heydari Beni: Category theory: From Semantic Information in the mind to Shannon Information in the brain
Mattias Rost: Markov Games for Humans and Machines
11:50 Lunch
13:00 — 14:00 Oral presentations (session 4)
Betul Tolgay: A Sorry State: Frontal Alpha Asymmetry Is a Spurious Measure of Emotion Lateralization in an Affect Elicitation Task
Simon Skau: An attempt to replicate the Response Conflict/Competition Theory’s hypothesis of the Stroop effect with functional near infrared spectroscopy
Dániel Pénzes: Interpreting mental rotation performance in self-described aphantasia through cognitive penetrability
14:00 — 15:00 Invited speaker: Virginia Dignum
14:50 — 15:30 Panel discussion on AI: What is left to the human mind when machines do the thinking?
15:30 — 15:50 Closing


The conference takes place at Campus Lindholmen, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Information about the exact locale will be released closer to the conference.


Pierre Gander (Chair), Dept. of Applied IT, Division of Cognition & Communication, University of Gothenburg


Head organizer: Pierre Gander.

Questions on proceedings and submissions are sent to info@swecog.se.