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Workshop: Experimental entanglements in cognitive neuroscience

Berlin, 25-26 October 2012

Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Lentzeallee 94, 14195, Berlin

Funded by the European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences, and the Humanities, an Initiative of the VolkswagenStiftung

Guest speakers are listed below.

Each speaker will respond to a provocation question, which is listed after their name.

Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou  Can the presence and empathy of an observer be adequately simulated by fMRI designs?

Andreas Roepstorff

Charles Fernyhough  If thinking is dialogic, who is doing the talking?

Daniel Margulies  Who or what is the self of functional connectivity analyses?

Jan Slaby  Who or what is the self of the ‘self-report’ in cognitive neuroscience?

Jill Morawski What would it mean – methodologically, conceptually – for psychology fully to take on board the fact that the presence of an observer disturbs the observed event?

Jonathan Smallwood  Can the constrained methods of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience adequately address the mind’s ‘unconstrained’ activity?

Leonhard Schilbach  Can there be such a thing as social cognition outside of specific social interactions? 

Lisa Blackman  What could an engagement with controversies add to the dynamism of experimental systems?

Russell Hurlburt  Can introspection be separated from interaction? 

“Can social scientists and neuroscientists think collaboratively about research subjects’ own assessments of their mental processes in the course of an experiment? Will this tell us anything about the ‘social’ nature of all experiments, in both design and interpretation? And can these questions be pursued through experiment, and not just discourse? By using the phrase ‘experimental entanglement’, we signal a desire to entangle ourselves with, and diffract our ideas through, some other science; we aim to show that calling attention to these questions, and doing experiments, do not have to be mutually exclusive practices.”

Programme committee: 

Felicity Callard

Des Fitzgerald

Simone Kühn

Ulla Schmid

An ‘Intersubjectivity interrupted’ workshop with: 

Joel Krueger

Josephine Lenssen

Amanda Taylor Aiken


Participation is free, but spaces are strictly limited. The workshop is open only on October 25. (On October 26, the speakers and convenors go into a closed session.)

If you would like further information, or to register to attend on 25 October, please contact:

Des Fitzgerald (P.D.Fitzgerald@lse.ac.uk) and/or Felicity Callard (felicity.callard@durham.ac.uk).

Please include your name, position, affiliation, email and 1–2 sentences on why you would like to attend.

*STOP PRESS* Programme coming soon!


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