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  • 21 March 2013 March

    21 March 2013 12:30

    Giuliano Torrengo

    Time Travel and Circular Explanations

    Room: Sala Direzione

    What counts as an explanation seems to depend on many contextual factors. The exchange “Why do you think Peter is a good guy?” — “Well, because I like him” may be an acceptable explanation in an ordinary context, but if it is followed by the exchange “And why do you like him?” - “Well, because I think he’s a good guy”, we are likely to ...

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  • 24 May 2013 May

    24 May 2013 12:30

    Roberto Cordeschi

    Metafore, paradigmi e programmi di ricerca: come interpretare l’evoluzione dell’Intelligenza Artificiale?

    Room: Sala Direzione

    Spesso l’evoluzione dell’Intelligenza Artificiale, e della Scienza Cognitiva che si dice da essa ispirata, è stata interpretata come un succedersi di metafore contrapposte (per esempio, quella del calcolatore, quella della rete, quella dei sistemi dinamici). Questa interpretazione ha suggerito una ricostruzione della sua storia in termini di “paradigmi” incommensurabil...

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  • 05 July 2013 July

    05 July 2013 12:30

    Sara Parmigiani

    Coordinating Minds: When Contingency Matters more than Synchrony

    Room: Sala Direzione

    In our daily-life we are often engaged in mutual coordination and we are able to match our own movements and minds with others’ movements and minds at different levels of complexity. Coordination encompasses very different kinds of situations, ranging from low-level sensorymotor entrainment (see, for instance, Butterfill,Sebanz, 2011) to high-level deliberation, based on mutual expectations...

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  • 17 April 2014 April

    17 April 2014 12:30

    Antonio Lieto

    Concepts: on the Need of an Integrated Perspective in A

    Room: Sala Direzione

    The study of concept representation concerns different research areas, such as Philosophy, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence. In this talk, by arguing against the anti-cognitivist approach to AI, I will suggest that the insights coming from the philosophical and psychological debate about concepts can be beneficial for the realization of artificial systems showing some simple forms of ...

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  • 20 May 2014 May

    20 May 2014 12:30

    Lorenzo Cammi

    Il ruolo della mediazione

    Room: Sala Direzione

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  • 27 May 2014 May

    27 May 2014 12:30

    Istvan Aranyosi

    Explanatory Role Functionalism

    Room: Sala Direzione

    I to put forward a new version of analytic functionalism, based on an apparently minor change regarding what the commonsense component of the view is supposed to ascribe. In particular, I will call this new version “explanatory role functionalism” instead of “causal role functionalism”, thus indicating that it is the explanatory role mental state types play between stimulu...

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  • 10 June 2014 June

    10 June 2014 12:30

    Matteo Colombo

    Bayesian Cognitive Science, Inference to the Best Explanatory Framework, and the Value of Specialization

    Room: Sala Paci

    It is widely assumed that the Bayesian framework enjoys special epistemic virtues over alternative frameworks for representing and dealing with uncertainty. If this framework enjoys these epistemic virtues, then cognitive scientists have reason to privilege it for explaining phenomena whose production involves uncertainty. However, it is far from obvious that the Bayesian framework actually enjoys...

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  • 31 March 2016 March

    31 March 2016 12:30

    Max Cappuccio

    What are skills, and what does disrupt skillful performance? A portable dynamic EEG study on choking effect

    Room: Sala Paci

    What are embodied skills, how do we learn them, and what psychological factors disrupt them? The study we are conducting at the Interdisciplinary Cog Sci Lab of UAE University addresses these issues by complementing behavioral experimentation with the data collected through a portable dynamic wireless EEG system. Our approach targets skill disruption (aka “choking effect”) as a way int...

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  • 16 May 2016 May

    16 May 2016 08:30

    Garrett Mindt

    The Problem with the ‘Information’ in Integrated Information Theory

    Room: Sala Paci

    Giulio Tononi’s proposed theory of consciousness – Integrated Information Theory (IIT) of Consciousness – presents an interesting advance in the scientific study of consciousness. Tononi suggests that consciousness is quantifiable in both quantity and quality in terms of integrated information. Accordingly, information is one of IIT’s two foundational pillars (alongside...

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  • 25 October 2016 October

    25 October 2016 12:30

    Francesca Forlè

    Movement in Music. An Enactive Account of the Dynamic Qualities of Music

    Room: Sala Paci

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  • 08 November 2016 November

    08 November 2016 12:30

    Antonella Tramacere

    Mirror neurons in the tree of life: A mosaic evolution hypothesis of the social brain

    Room: Sala Paci

    I will approach the evolution of the social brain, by focusing on the properties of mirror neurons (MNs), which constitute one of its important parts. I will offer a novel, unifying, and testable account of MNs evolution according to the available data, integrating a substantial amount of apparently discordant research, including the plasticity of MNs during development, their adaptive value and t...

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  • 29 November 2016 November

    29 November 2016 12:30

    Janko Nesic

    Ego as an individual substance

    Room: Sala Paci

    Abstract According to Gurwitch’s (1941) canonical distinction there are egological and non-egological theories of consciousness. An egological theory would maintain that, when I watch a film, there is a self or ego being aware of itself as an ego watching a film, it is a metaphysical and phenomenological truth that every experience is for a subject. Non-egological theory sees this experien...

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  • 13 December 2016 December

    13 December 2016 12:30

    Andrea Polonioli

    The adaptive rationality of confabulation(s)

    Room: Sala Paci

    In 2011, the Edge Foundation posed the following question to dozens of academics, writers, and intellectuals: ‘What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?’ They received nearly 200 responses on a variety of topics, ranging from evolutionary biology and theoretical physics to economics and psychology. Interestingly, cognitive psychologist Fiery Cushma...

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  • 20 December 2016 December

    20 December 2016 12:30

    Émile Thalabard and Matthias Michel

    The overflow argument and the global workspace theory of consciousness

    Room: Sala Paci

    We argue that one can accept the rich view of consciousness while still considering that consciousness is the result of a global process in the brain, and that cognitive access is constitutive of consciousness. In other words, our thesis is that the overflow argument does not imply the falsity of the global workspace theory of consciousness. In order to defend such view, we argue that one must di...

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  • 10 January 2017 January

    10 January 2017 12:30

    Valentina Petrolini

    Are Mental Disorders Continuous with Healthy Functioning? A New Proposal for a Dimensional Model in Philosophy of Psychiatry

    Room: Sala Paci

    In this talk I put forward a novel approach to psychopathology that aims to describe and classify mental disorders in a dimensional way. This step proves crucial in providing a defense of what has recently come to be known as the Continuity Thesis (CT) in philosophy of psychiatry (see Bortolotti 2009). I believe a convincing defense of CT should be two-fold. First, it has to provide a model of men...

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  • 17 January 2017 January

    17 January 2017 12:30

    Gabriele Ferretti

    Visual Representations in Action

    Room: Sala Paci

    Perceptual Representations in Action It is easy to claim that the hottest debate in contemporary philosophy of mind and of perception is about whether the mind perceptually represents the properties of the world and, provided that a positive answer is possible, the question is about which properties of the world are represented in perception (Siegel 2006; Nanay 2013). That said, several philoso...

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  • 21 April 2017 April

    21 April 2017 17:00

    Raamy Majeed

    The Cognitive Impenetrability of Recalcitrant Emotions

    Room: Sala Paci

    Recalcitrant emotions are emotions that conflict with your judgements, e.g. fearing flying despite judging that it is safe. Much of the present controversy concerning these emotions has to do with spelling out the precise nature of this conflict, and determining what this, in turn, tells us about a theory of emotions. This debate, however, leaves unexamined a crucial feature of these emotions, viz...

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