SweCog 2021

Welcome to the 16th conference of the Swedish Cognitive Science Society held online from Skövde! This is the internal conference page for participants registered to the conference.

Download the SweCog 2021 Proceedings!

This is a fully virtual conference. All presentations take place in Zoom.
Join using this link: his-se.zoom.us/j/69755861885

Poster sesssions will take place in SpatialChat. Click spatial.chat/s/swecog2021 to enter the poster sessions. If you are new to SpatialChat, you may want to give the basics of SpatialChat a look before you jump in.

Please find the detailed conference program available below, displaying the complete list of oral presentations and short poster talks.

Information to speakers and poster presenters

Remember to check your speaker slot in the program below and make sure you are available to attend the Zoom meeting at the minimum 20 minutes before it is your turn to speak. Our technical staff will reach out to you in Zoom, before your presentation, helping you to test video and audio so that everything works smoothly once you go on stage.

Oral presentations should be made live with video in Zoom, so that the speakers face is visible. You are encouraged to share your screen in order to display presentation slides or similar. Please refer to the Presenter Zoom Instructions for further details on how to prepare your presentation.

Short poster talks should also be made live with video in Zoom, but you are asked not to share your screen or prepare slides. Instead, your poster will be displayed by the host during your talk.

The poster session itself will take place in Spatial Chat. Each participant is represented by a little character (a circle) that you can move around, and you will be able to hear only the people close to your own character. All poster presenters are asked to "stand" by their poster and in this way be available for dynamic discussion around your work, without being disturbed by other poster presenters. The poster chair will also give a brief introduction to Spatial Char during the first poster session.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact support@swecog.se.

Invited Speakers

We are happy to announce the following invited speakers:

Body Representation in Virtual Reality

Prof. Mel Slater, Distinguished Investigator at the University of Barcelona.

How the brain represents the body is a fundamental question in cognitive neuroscience. Experimental studies are difficult because the body is always there (William James). In recent years immersive virtual reality techniques have been introduced that deliver apparent changes to the body extending earlier techniques such as the rubber hand illusion, or substituting the whole body by a virtual one visually collocated with the real body, and seen from a normal first person perspective. This talk will introduce these techniques, and concentrate on how changing the body can change the mind and behaviour, especially in the context of combatting aggression based on gender or race.

Is this User Experience Design?

Prof. Virpi Roto, Aalto University

Human-Computer Interaction, the home field of user experience research, has evolved over 40 years from cognitive aspects to usability, to user experience, and lately to wellbeing. Today, good user experience is a top priority in companies developing digital services for consumers, but the interpretation of what user experience design means remains limited. This is the case especially in work contexts where good user experience is often interpreted in simplistic way as ease and efficiency of use. In this talk, I will dig into the concept of user experience, the status of user experience research in work context, and report examples of our experience design research at work. Finally, I look at the future and how work automation changes Human-Computer Interaction research. With intelligent systems, we are facing a major challenge of redefining the design goals for interaction on many levels, from cognitive to affective experience.

Introducing learning science to teacher students (at Swedish universities)

Prof. Agneta Gulz, Lund University and Linköping University

In the presentation I will go through the topics from my two introductory lectures on “learning science” for teacher students. The lectures, targeting students at the end of their first year, have so far only been given one time; thus there is much leeway to modify and change them. I look forward to ideas and comments from the audience, not least those who have experiences from teacher education.

Conference Programme

Wednesday November 10thth

Chair: Andreas Kalckert

13.00 — 13:05 Welcome!
13:05 — 14:05 Invited speaker: Prof. Mel Slater, University of Barcelona
Body Representation in Virtual Reality
14:05 Break
14:20 — 14:40 Raphael Aybar
Generative Models as Epistemic Artifacts
14:40 — 15:00 Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
Cognition as a Result of Information Processing in Living Agent’s Morphology. Species-specific Cognition and Intelligence
15:00 — 15:20 Philip Millroth
Toward a Richer Understanding of Human Cognition: Unleashing the Full Potential of the Concurrent Information-Processing Paradigm
15:20 Break
15:30 — 15:50 Christian Balkenius
Basic Visual Reflexes for a Humanoid Robot
15:50 — 16:10 Joel Parthemore
The Overselling of Super-intelligence: Or, Why Skynet (Probably!) Isn’t Taking Over Any Time Soon
16:10 — 16:30 Poster talks:
Patrick Oden — Intrinsic Rewards for Problem Resolutions
Adam Enmalm — The role of visual perspective on self-touch perception: An exploratory study of somatosensory attenuation
India Morrison — Prediction and action in cortical pain processing
Linus Holm — Raising interest by satisfying curiosity
16:30 — 17.30 Poster session 1 — Chair: Kajsa Nalin
17:30 End of first day

Thursday November 11th

Chair: Jana Rambusch

13.00 — 13:05 Welcome back!
13:05 — 13:25 Intro to Cognition and UX
13:25 — 13:45 Kata Szita
Remote and lab-based research of viewing experiences and recollection in cinematic virtual reality
13:45 — 14:05 Fateme Teimouri
Escaping ‘Death by GPS’: Foundations for Adaptive Navigation Assistance
14:05 Break
14:20 — 15:20 Invited speaker: Prof. Virpi Roto, Aalto University
Is this User Experience Design?
15:20 Break
15:30 — 15:50 Axel G. Ekström
Gaze tracking partisans: Trust and individual conservatism mediate visual attention to search engine results pages
15:50 — 16:10 Poster talks:
Michael Wells — Inherently satisfying retrieval favors reliability
Peter Bang — Associations between self-reported sensory sensitivity and social, communicative, and rigid autistic traits
Nikolaos Chrysanthidis — Episodic memory semantization in a spiking cortical memory model
Clara Larsson — Point of View: The Impact of Background Conditions on Distinguishability of Visualised Data in Detailed Virtual Environments
Zakarias Mortensen — Emotional Design in VR, A study on emotional design and coloursin a virtual reality setting
India Morrison — Human endogenous oxytocin and its neural correlates show adaptive responses to social touch based on recent social context
16:10 — 17.30 Poster session 2 — Chair: Kajsa Nalin
17:30 End of second day

Friday November 12th

Chair: Beatrice Alenljung

13.00 — 13:05 Welcome back again!
13:05 — 14:05 Invited speaker: Prof. Agneta Gulz, Lund University and Linköping University
Introducing learning science to teacher students (at Swedish universities)
14:05 Break
14:20 — 14:40 Paul Hemeren
Biological Motion Indicators for the Detection of Cyclists at Night
14:40 — 15:00 Claes Strannegård
Ecosystems of reinforcement learning agents
15:00 — 15:20 Maurice Lamb & Rebecca Rouse
Traveling Through the Dark: Using an interdisciplinary theatre and cognitive science approach to identify design strategies for human-machine shared experience in a self- driving car
15:20 — 15:30 Final remarks
15:30 End of conference


SweCog 2021 is organized by Interaction Lab and Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy, both at the University of Skövde.

Organizing Committee

Beatrice Alenljung, Interaction Lab, University of Skövde
Björn Berg Marklund, Interaction Lab, University of Skövde
Erik Billing (Chair), Interaction Lab, University of Skövde
Andreas Kalckert, Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Skövde
Erik Lagerstedt, Interaction Lab, University of Skövde
Maurice Lamb, Interaction Lab, University of Skövde
Vipul Nair, Interaction Lab, University of Skövde
Kajsa Nalin, Interaction Lab, University of Skövde
Joel Parthemore, Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Skövde
Jana Rambusch, Interaction Lab, University of Skövde
Julia Rosén, Interaction Lab, University of Skövde
Katja Valli, Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Skövde


Head organizer: Erik Billing, University of Skövde.

Main SweCog contact: info@swecog.se.