Social Cognition

Departmental Colloquium: Ryan McKay (University of London): Belief Formation in a Post-Truth World

Type: 
Lecture
Building: 
Oktober 6 u. 7
Room: 
101
Date: 
September 14, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

In 2018 we inhabit a “post-truth” world where scientific evidence and accurate information must compete with appeals to emotion and “fake news”. In this talk I will attempt to shed some light on the human tendency to believe “alternative facts”. For one thing, individuals tend to restrict the amount of information they collect when forming beliefs, “jumping to conclusions” on limited evidence.

Prof. Natalie Sebanz has been elected as a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina)!

December 1, 2017

Dear All,

We are happy to announce that Professor Natalie Sebanz has been elected as a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina)!

Warm Congratulations, Nati!!!!

Doctoral Defense of Martin Freundlieb

Type: 
Lecture
Building: 
Oktober 6 u. 7
Room: 
101
Date: 
October 26, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

The Department of Cognitive Science cordially invites you to the public defense of the PhD thesis of

Martin Freundlieb

SPONTANEOUS
VISUOSPATIAL PERSPECTIVE-TAKING
IN HUMANS

Primary supervisor: Natalie Sebanz
Secondary supervisor: Ágnes M. Kovács

Summer University 2017: Creative Cognition: Evolutions, Processes, Applications

Type: 
Workshop
Building: 
Oktober 6 u. 7
Date: 
July 3, 2017 - 9:00am to July 7, 2017 - 5:00pm

This interdisciplinary course will address the human ability to find creative solutions to new problems, a capacity that has allowed us to overcome obstacles in problem solving that are insurmountable to other species. Creative problem solving is therefore viewed as a crucial cognitive component in enabling the rapid progression of human culture. The course will comprise lectures and discussions in the mornings.

Departmental Colloquium: Alan Fiske, UCLA: Kama Muta

Type: 
Colloquia
Building: 
Oktober 6 u. 7
Date: 
September 14, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Kama Muta:
The Tears-of-Joy, Goosebumps, Heart-Warming Emotion of Holding Your Newborn Baby, Feeling Divine Love, Patriotic Devotion, Social Support, and Pixar Movies

Departmental Colloquium: David Pietraszewski, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

Type: 
Colloquia
Building: 
Oktober 6 u. 7
Room: 
101
Date: 
November 30, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Towards a mechanistic account of the psychology of groups: Basic theoretical models and empirical tests of the psychology underlying racial categorization. 

 

New project at the Social Mind Center led by Christophe Heintz / Beliefs fostering dishonest behavior: Combining ethnographic and experimental evidence (BFD)

May 12, 2016

The project will investigate the factors that determine people's attitudes toward social rules or norms that are aimed at improving social welfare. Dishonesty can be characterized as failing to respect these rules, and adhering to them can be necessary for stable cooperation and resolving collective action problems. However, against this first operational characterization, ethnographic and experimental data suggest that depending on the context, people may break a rule and still think of themselves as honest.

Dr. John Michael (Social Mind Center) is awarded an ERC Starting Research Grant

April 21, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the ERC review panels have favorably reviewed Dr John Michael's proposal entitled: " An Integrative Framework for Modeling the Sense of Commitment". The ERC Starting Independent Research Grant from the European Research Council: Seventh Framework Ideas Programme (FP7) provides 1,4 million euros and will help John to continue his research on the highest possible level, and to achieve ground-breaking results. The project is expected to start in July 2016.

We warmly congratulate John on this success! 

Research Area: 
Address: 
Oktober 6 u. 7
117

‘Ostensive communication, social learning, and cultural transmission in small-scale and large-scale societies’

Type: 
Workshop
Building: 
Oktober 6 u. 7
Room: 
101
Date: 
October 15, 2015 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

SOMICS Workshop on

‘Ostensive communication, social learning, and cultural transmission

in small-scale and large-scale societies’

Program

9.00                Tanya Broesch – Social learning in small-scale societies

                        Michelle Kline – How to learn about teaching

10.30              coffee break

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