Perceiving Objects and Persons

February 29, 2012
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Lecture room GA 3/143


Luca Barlassina
Università degli Studi di Milano
Nivedita Gangopadhyay
University of Copenhagen
Bence Nanay
University of Antwerp

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The workshop will focus on social perception and its role for understanding other persons. Accounts of social perception claim that understanding what other agents are up to is at least sometimes a purely perceptual process. Do we perceive other agents as a special kind of object? Which role does social interaction play for social perception? When do we not just perceive others but put ourselves in their shoes? We will critically engage with recent accounts of social perception form an interdisciplinary perspective. The Center of Mind, Brain & Cognitive Evolution at Ruhr-University Bochum invites everybody to participate in a mini-symposium with three of the Center's fellows.

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14.00 – 15.00 Dr. Luca Barlassina (Mailand)
I don’t see any trouble. A refutation of Gallagher’s arguments against simulation

15.00 – 16.00 Dr. Nivedita Gangopadhyay (Copenhagen)
Perception-action coupling in social perception: Moving beyond motor resonance

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break

16.30 – 17.30 Prof. Bence Nanay (Antwerp / Cambridge)
The origins of social cognition: From theory of mind to vicarious perception

Participants are welcome; there are no fees.

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February 29, 2012, 7:00am CET

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