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SweCog 2017 Conference

Warmly welcome to the 13th SweCog national conference.

The aim of SweCog is to support networking among researchers in Sweden, with the goal of creating a strong interdisciplinary cluster of cognitive science oriented research.

This year's conference will be held in Uppsala, October 26 and 27, 2017.

Conference registration (including dinner, lunch, and refreshments) is free for all SweCog members. Accommodation and travel to and from the conference are, however, not covered by SweCog. For those participating in the joint RiPaC symposium (more info below), there will be a dinner bridging the two events on the Friday, 27, free of charge.

Joint Event

In connection to SweCog 2017, there will also be a one-day symposium on the topic of Rationality in Perception and Cognition (RiPaC) on Saturday October 28, organised by Ronald van den Berg and Peter Juslin at the Department of Psychology. For more information see the event website.

Invited Speakers

We are happy to announce the following four invited speakers for the conference and symposium:

Call for Extended Abstracts

We invite submissions of extended abstracts covering all areas of cognitive science. Accepted manuscripts will be included in the SweCog conference proceedings and presented, verbally or as a poster, at the SweCog 2017 conference. Submissions describing on-going work are especially welcome.

Submissions should be written using our abstract template, covering 1 to 3 pages including images and references. The author can indicate desired presentation form (verbal or poster) at submission time.

All submissions will be subject to a single-blinded review primarily focused on providing constructive feedback to the author. Based on reviews, the editors will select the best papers for verbal presentation at the conference. Submissions covering significantly less than one page will not be accepted.

Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format. Authors can either submit at registration time or later (by logging in to the member page).

Posters are not to be submitted, please print yourself and bring to the conference.

Important Dates

2017-09-04 2017-09-18 Submission deadline for extended abstracts
2017-09-18 2017-09-27 Response to reviewed manuscripts
2017-09-25 2017-10-02 Submission of camera-ready abstracts


Registration for SweCog 2017 is now closed.

SweCog Conference
If you are a member of the SweCog society, then please log in to register with the conference. Otherwise, please visit our registration page to become a member and to register your participation in the conference.

RiPaC Symposium
To sign up for the symposium, please fill in this Google form.


The SweCog 2017 conference is sponsored by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University (www.teknat.uu.se). The RiPaC symposium is supported by grant 2015-00371 from the Swedish Research Council and grant INCA 600398 from Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.


Thursday October 26th Assembly Hall (Building 6)

12:00 — 13:00 Registration in Building 6
13:00 — 13:15 Welcome
13:15 — 14:00 Invited speaker - Mark Bickhard
Representing is (for) What?
Abstract: Available models of representation suffer from fatal problems, some extending back millennia in Western thought, and some introduced more recently (I have made my own contributions to this family of critiques). But representing will not go away; what is necessary is a different kind of model. I will outline an action based, pragmatist model of representing that avoids the family of problems of classic models, and show how representing emerges naturally and necessarily in the evolution of agents. As cognition and representing permeate everything mental, so also do the consequences of this shift in models of representing.
14:00 — 14:30 Kata Szita
Smartphones, films, and cognition
14:30 — 15:00 Coffee
15:00 — 15:30 Erik Lagerstedt
A drive through the world of functional tones, simulations and cars
15:30 — 16:00 Ali Basirat and Marc Tang
Neural network and human cognition: A case study of grammatical gender in Swedish
16:00 — 16:15 Break
16:15 — 17:00 Invited speaker - John Flach
Meaning Processing in a Triadic Semiotic System
Abstract: Weinberg (1975) defined "system" as "a way of looking at the world." That is, the specification of the system reflects an ontological choice that all scientists make to distinguish between the 'objects of interest' and the 'background' for their particular field of study. In this talk, I will defend my choice to identify the cognitive system as a Triadic Semiotic System that spans mind and matter. I will argue that meaning emerges from functional relations associated with a closed-loop coupling of situations and awareness. I will suggest that to fully understand this coupling, we need constructs that span the mind-matter dichotomy and that are compatible with the dynamics of circular systems. I will suggest three important constructs that I believe are essential to understanding the circular dynamics of human experience: satisfying, specifying, and affording.
17:00 — 19:00 Poster session including refreshments
19:30 Dinner on board m/s Kung Carl Gustaf

Friday October 27th Assembly Hall (Building 6)

09:15 — 10:00 Invited speaker - Ulrike Hahn
Pessimism about optimistic belief updating
Abstract: Decades of research seemingly established robust evidence for an "optimism bias" whereby people think 'bad things only happen to others'. The empirical basis of this putative bias came under scrutiny with Harris and Hahn’s (2011) critique that showed the standard method for showing unrealistic optimism, does this even for entirely rational, non-optimistic agents. In the same year, work by Sharon et al. (2011) introduced a potential new mechanism, and with it new evidence for unrealistic optimism, into the debate. The talk will demonstrate that this method is prone to showing 'optimism' in entirely rational agents also, and does not yield interpretable results.
10:00 — 10:30 Coffee
10:30 — 11:00 Joel Parthemore
On the essentially dynamic nature of concepts
11:00 — 11:30 Manuel Oliva
Pupil dilation reflects the time course of perceptual emotion selection
11:30 — 12:00 Mikael Laaksoharju
Adding integral display properties to increase generalizability of a configural display
12:00 — 13:00 Lunch
13:00 — 13:30 Anna Einarsson
Composing music as an embodied activity
13:30 — 14:00 Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc
The social side of imitation in human evolution and development: Shared intentionality and imitation games in chimpanzees and 6-month old infants
14:00 — 14:30 Coffee
14:30 — 15:00 Ronald van den Berg
An ecologically rational explanation for set size effects in human cognition
15:00 — 15:30 Christopher Summerfield
Human blindness to noise in neural computation
15:30 — 16:00 SweCog annual member's meeting
and conference closing

Satellite Symposium: Rationality in Perception and Cognition
Bertil Hammer-salen, Blåsenhus (von Kraemers allé 1)

Saturday October 28th

09:00 — 09:15 Opening remarks by Ronald van den Berg
09:15 — 10:15 Thorsten Pachur (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany)
Mapping bounded rationality: How prospect theory reflects heuristics of risky choice
10:15 — 10:30 Coffee
10:30 — 11:30 Christopher Summerfield (University of Oxford, UK)
Optimal irrationality during human decision-making
11:30 — 12:30 Daniel Braun (Ulm University, Germany)
Bounded rationality in sensorimotor learning and decision-making
12:30 — 13:30 Lunch at Café Feiroz
13:30 — 14:30 John Flach (Wright University, Ohio, USA)
Skilled muddling: A pragmatic logic for a complex world
14:30 — 15:30 Ulrike Hahn (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
Perceptions of Randomness: The Role of Experience
15:30 — 15:45 Coffee
15:45 — 16:45 Klaus Fiedler (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
Speed-accuracy trade-off in sample-based decision making
16:45 — 17:00 Closing reflections by Peter Juslin

Location: SweCog Conference

Department of Information Technology
Lägerhyddsvägen 2, Uppsala
ITC Building 6

Location: RiPaC Symposium

Department of Psychology
Campus Blåsenhus
von Kraemers allé 1A, Uppsala
Bertil Hammer Hall


SweCog Conference Organisers
Anders Arweström Jansson,
Anton Axelsson,

RiPaC Symposium Organiser
Ronald van den Berg,