Cognitive neuroscience, Cognitive science, Philosophy, Psychology

The course is preceded by a three-day Exploratory Workshop (July 5-7, 2004) supported by the European Science Foundation

Course date

5 July - 16 July, 2004
Application deadline
15 February, 2004
Course Director(s): 

Gyorgy Gergely

Department of Cognitive Science and Cognitive Development Center (CDC), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Paul Bloom

Yale University, New Haven, USA

Gergely Csibra

Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Juan Carlos Gomez

University of St. Andrews, School of Psychology, Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

Josef Perner

Department of Psychology, University of Salzburg, Austria

Csaba Pleh

Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Center for Cognitive Science, Budapest, Hungary

Dan Sperber

Department of Cognitive Science Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

John Watson

University of California, Berkeley, Psychology, Berkeley, United States of America

Karen Wynn

Yale University, New Haven, USA
The summer course plans to focus on reviewing and integrating significant recent advances in the interdisciplinary study of two central and closely related topics that have come to preoccupy the current research directions in a wide range of sub-disciplines of the quickly expanding general field of the cognitive and brain sciences including philosophy of mind, cognitive neuroscience, the developmental, comparative, and evolutionary study of social cognition, psychology of language and communication.
1. The first concerns the mechanisms and organizational principles involved in the production, representation, and interpretation of intentional actions in human and non-human, biological and artificial information processing systems.
2. The second concerns the study of the inferential and representational systems specialized for understanding other minds in terms of causal intentional mental states (theory-of-mind). Interdisciplinary research on these questions has been growing extremely fast during the last decade and produced significant theoretical and methodological advances in the study of the evolutionary origins, ontogenetic development, and mature functioning in human and non-human organisms (e.g. primates and dogs) of domain-specific interpretative and representational mechanisms that are specialized for interpreting, predicting, explaining and learning from the intentional actions of other agents.