Thinking About the Possible

July 9, 2018 - July 14, 2018
Department of Cognitive Science and the Summer University program, Central European University

#101, October 6th street 7
9 Nador street
Budapest 1051

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University of Birmingham
Central European University
Duke University
University of Toronto, St. George
University of Warwick
Central European University
Rutgers University - New Brunswick (PhD)


University of Toronto, St. George

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Thinking 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. 

Applications are invited world-wide from early-career researchers, including PhD and MA students, and postdoctoral fellows. Undergraduates will not be considered.

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February 14, 2018, 11:00pm CET

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