Feedback on Cognitive Modules and Interfaces in Trieste

The international workshop “Cognitive Modules and Interfaces” took place from September 18th to 19th 2012. This workshop was held hosted by SISSA in Trieste after a lecture of Noam Chomsky who got the honorary doctorate degree from the Institute. The title of his lecture was “The minimalist program and language acquisition”.

This workshop provided a very wide range of thematic fields – language acquisition, music, mathematics, reasoning, animal communication, pragmatics and social cognition – which related to each other in terms of modular and/or domain-general processing. Moreover, cognitive neuroscience was one of the main approaches.

Keynote speakers and their topics:

LUCA BONATTI // ICREA and Pompeu Fabra Uni. Barcelona – Spain
At the origin of human rationality: infants’ reasoning about future events

STANISLAS DEHAENE // Collège de France and Neurospin, Saclay – France
From word to sentence: in search of the brain mechanisms for constituent structure

LUCIANO FADIGA // University of Ferrara and Italian Institute of Technology – Italy
On the sensorimotor grounding of speech and language

LILA GLEITMAN // University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – USA
How to start at the beginning: the machinery of observational word learning

ISABELLE PERETZ // BRAMS/CRBLM University of Montreal – Canada
Music, language and modularity framed in action

CONSTANCE SCHARFF // Freie Universität Berlin – Germany
Thinking about language evolution at the zoo: insights from flies, birds, and bats

DAN SPERBER // CEU, Budapest – Hungary
Domain-general reasoning in a modular mind

Though empirical research approaches were dominant, theoretical issues were also discussed. Some ideas connecting current empirical researches to evolutionary research discourse opened a futher dimension, which made the discussions in this workshop more fruitful.

To visit official site of the workshop, click here!