Thinking About the Possible - Summer School at CEUThinking about the possible and impossible and exploring counterfactual (“what if?”) scenarios are fundamental aspects of the human mind. The boundary conditions for counterfactual thinking, and the extent to which it shares the same underlying cognitive machinery with related abilities such as episodic future thinking and pretend play, are currently the subjects of substantial debate in philosophy and psychology.
The course will bring together diverse perspectives on imagination and counterfactual reasoning, with seminars offered by faculty from the fields of Developmental and Cognitive Psychology, Philosophy, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Informatics on a range of topics. Course participants will learn about empirical techniques and findings from studies in cognitive development, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience and will engage with theoretical perspectives on the nature of imagination and counterfactual reasoning.***** Online application form is OPEN! *****Course Director(s): Patricia GaneaDepartment of Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of TorontoAgnes KovacsDepartment of Cognitive Science, Central European UniversityCourse Faculty: Sarah BeckDepartment of Psychology, University of BirminghamRuth ByrneSchool of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin, University of DublinGergely CsibraDepartment of Cognitive Science, Central European UniversityFelipe de BrigardDepartment of Philosophy, Duke UniversityPaul HarrisGraduate School of Education, Harvard UniversityChristoph HoerlDepartment of Philosophy, University of WarwickFerenc HuoranszkiDepartment of Philosophy, Central European UniversityKaren S. LewisDepartment of Philosophy, Barnard College, Columbia UniversityChristopher LucasSchool of Informatics, University of EdinburghTeresa McCormackSchool of Psychology, Queen's UniversityEva Rafetseder Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of StirlingErno TeglasDepartment of Cognitive Science, Central European UniversityCaren WalkerDepartment of Psychology, University of California San DiegoApplication deadline: 14 February 2018
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