CFP -EXTENSION: Social cognition in Virtual Reality

Submission deadline: March 31, 2024

Conference date(s):
April 5, 2024 - April 7, 2024

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This event is available both online and in-person

Conference Venue:

Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Psychology- department of cognitive science, University of Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania


The "Social cognition in VRstudent conference aims to bring together students and researchers in philosophy of mind, epistemology, cognitive science, philosophy of technology, in order to advance our understanding of social cognition in VR - how do we use our TOM skills (if we do) when interacting with virtual agents, what are the features of intersubjectivity in virtual reality, can we use VR apps to develop or improve empathy, theory of mind and social skills? 

The conference will take place 5-7April 2024, between 9 AM-  9 PM, local time for Bucharest, Romania. Regular presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes long Q&A.

It will have a mixed format, in that speakers may choose whether they present online only or face to face at the event's location (if so, their session will enjoy a live audience, but it will also be streamed to remote participants).

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Topic areas:

  • Social cognition training in VR 
  • Theory of mind in VR
  • Empathy and VR experiences
  • 4E approaches to social cognition in VR
  • Intersubjective features - interacting with virtual agents

Call for abstracts

We encourage BA, MA and PhD students, as well as early PhD's and postdocs, to contribute research abstracts related to the event's topic areas. Abstracts should be written in English and should not exceed 300 words. 

Abstracts will receive full consideration if sent before March 31st, 2024 at the following address: [email protected]. Word or PDF attachments preferred, with the message titled "abstract submission".

All submissions will go through a process of blind peer review. (Please write your identifying details in the body of the email, and leave the attached abstract anonymized.) We intend notifications of acceptance to be sent out on or before March 31st, 2024. The conference programme will be announced as soon as review is completed.

For any questions, please don't hesitate to email [email protected]

You may register at the same address (or by RSVP here on PhilEvents) on or before April 4th in order to receive the Zoom connection details.

The conference is organized with the support of undergraduate students in the bachelor’s programme in cognitive science within the Department for Psychology at the University of Bucharest and with the support of graduate students in the doctoral school of theorethical philosophy within the Department for Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bucharest.

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#VIRTUAL REALITY, #theory of mind, #empathy, #social cognition, #VR social cognition training