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Cognitio 2013 : Creative Minds: Cognitive Sources of Art and Discovery


When Jun 26, 2013 - Jun 28, 2013
Where Montreal, Canada
Submission Deadline Mar 17, 2013
Categories    cognition   art   creativity

Call For Papers

Montreal, Canada
June 26th, 27th and 28th 2013
Keynote speakers:

* Steven Mithen- Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading.
* Local speaker TBA

Deadline for submission: Sunday, March 3rd -) EXTENDED: MARCH 17th

Cognitio is a young researcher’s conference now held every two years at the Université du Québec à Montréal, under the auspices of its Cognitive Science Institute.

Over the past several years, Cognitio has explored many facets of the human mind. We looked at the relationship between mind and its material substrate (2004), at human decision making (2005), at situated minds (2006), at social cognition (2007), at the evolution of minds and cultures (2009) and at nonhuman minds including animal, artificial and group minds (2011).

This time around, we will be focusing on the cognitive aspects of art and creativity. We aim to look at the cognitive nature of creativity and the brain processes that generate it or that are involved in its expression.

Cognitio 2013 invites graduate students and young researchers in cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, anthropology, philosophy, musicology, or any other relevant domain to present their work at the conference. Presentations including or about an artistic performance or production will be more than welcome, provided that there is a clear link with cognitive science.

Creativity occurs in many domains of human activity from industrial innovation to paradigm shifts in science; from coming up with better ways to carve stones to chiselling the perfect haiku. Suggested topics include:
• What is the evolutionary function of creativity and what role has it played in our development?
• Is creativity uniquely human? Are there elements of human creativity that are yet unknown in other species?
• Can creativity arise from a single mind, or does it need social interactions?
• What is the link between creativity and adaptation? Problem-solving? Curiosity? Can there be “non-creative” problem resolution?
• Is creativity monolithic, or rather involves a wide array of cognitive processes?
• What parts of the brain are involved in the creative process? What do lesions studies or pathologies reveal?
• Is there a scientific grounding to the idea that some of us are “left-brained” and others “right-brained”, and do these ideas really have a link with creative processes?
• What is the relationship between creativity and other cognitive processes? What are the cognitive steps and processes involved in a creative process? How is language used creatively? What role do linguistic processes play?
• What role does consciousness play in creativity? What role does memory or emotion play in creativity? And in art and aesthetics?
• What role does creativity play in the scientific process? How do we generate new scientific hypothesis or more radical paradigm shifts?
• Are art, innovation and science grounded in the same process(es)?
• What are the various ways in which we create art and react to it? How does the medium (visual, auditory, etc.) affect the perception of art ?
• What are the cognitive bases of the techniques pretending to improve creativity?

Submission of proposals for the conference is done through the EasyChair system. We are only asking for 600 words abstracts. EasyChair allows you to upload a separate document, but only the text entered in the "Abstract" field of your submission will be evaluated.

Deadline for submission is Sunday, March 3rd -) EXTENDED MARCH 17th

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