Networks in Cognitive Science

Networks in Cognitive Science is a full day Satellite conference at NetSci 2018 with a common theme around how networks science can be used to study cognition, with a focus on mental representation.

In recent years, this approach has been instrumental to investigate a wide range of mental phenomena including the acquisition and representation of semantic and phonological knowledge, the role of social interaction in propagating information and high level cognition such as creativity. These investigations cover both the structure (e.g., semantic memory structure) and processes (covering memory search processes, language development and cultural evolution) operating over these cognitive systems.

In this symposium, we pursue two complementary goals. A first goal is to showcase and demonstrate the benefits and value that a network science approach brings to the cognitive sciences, and how it permits cognitive scientists to ask and address questions that are not possible with traditional approaches. A second goal is to critically reflect on theoretical and methodological issues that might limit the impact of this approach by contrasting it with alternative approaches. What are principled ways to construct and analyse networks? What is the nature and unit of representation? What level of description does it try to address? And what is the trade-off between interpretability and prediction?


Simon De Deyne
School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
Cynthia S. Q. Siew
Department of Psychology, University of Warwick
Dirk Wulff
Center for Cognitive and Decision Science
Department of Psychology, University of Basel

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Cognitive Network Science 2017