The aim of this workshop is bring together international experts from the different empirical disciplines interested in socio-cultural phenomena and language (e.g. cognitive and social psychology, social sciences, linguistics, neuroscience) with researchers involved in computational and robotics modeling of social and linguistic phenomena. Such an interdisciplinary gathering will lead to the identification of the open research and methodological challenges, and key scientific questions for future research in the field.
Recent advances in psycholinguistics, neuroscience and linguistics support an embodied view of cognition, i.e. the fact that cognitive functions (perception, categorization, reasoning, language) are strictly intertwined with embodiment processes (Wilson 2002). This is particularly evident in recent studies on the grounding of language, where perceptual and sensorimotor mechanisms support the language processing (Barsalou 1999; Zwaan & Pecher 2005). In addition, the social and cultural aspects of language also play a crucial role in the development of such an integrated cognitive system. For example, Galantucci (2009) used novel experimental semiotics approaches for studying communication as a form of joint action. Garrod and collaborators (Pickering & Garrod 2004; Fay et al. 2000) have looked at group discussion as interactive dialogue and the general mechanism of interactive alignment in social groups. Ginsburg (2010) analyzed how dialog is dynamically achieved and stabilized during social communication. Furthermore, the role of emotions has been demonstrated to play an important role in the modulation of higher-order cognitive and socio-cultural functions such as language (Glenberg et al. 2005; Pennebaker 1997), culture (Wierzbicka 1999) and music emotions (Coutinho & Cangelosi, 2009). Finally, computational text analysis tools and methods provide important insights on the role of socio-cultural factors in linguistic communication, such as the linguistic enquiry and word count method (Pennebaker et al. 2007).
Haskins Lab Yale. Talk: Social factors in the emergence of human communication systems .
Memphis University. Talk on cognitive neurodynamics.
Bath University. Talk: The scientific application of agent-based modelling: From biology to anthropology.
Harvard Medica School, USA. Talk: The Proactive Brain: Predictions in Visual Cognition.
Paris Sorbonne University. Talk on modeling integral linguistic communication as a distributed system.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA. Talk on Modeling radical rhetoric.
Georgia Tech, USA. Talk on AFOSR Programmes.
Southern Illinois University. Talk on developmental psychology and computational modeling.
State University of New York, Albany. Talk: Context, culture, cognition.
Harvard Medical School USA and Plymouth University UK. Talk on cognitive neuroscience of deception.
Glasgow University, UK. Talk: Social Signal Processing: understanding nonverbal communication in social interactions.
Chicago University, USA. Talk on social agent modelling.
University of Plymouth, UK. Talk: Symbol grounding in multi-agent systems and robots.
University of São Paulo at São Carlos, Brazil. Talk: How not to influence people: A multi-agent model.
Glasgow University, UK. Talk on dynamic alignment in groups.
Harvard University and AFRL, USA. Talk: Emotionality of languages and eEvolution of cultures.
Plymouth University, UK. Talk on social network modeling .
University Southern California, USA. Talk on cultural modeling in virtual human agents.
George Mason University, USA. Talk on computational social modeling.
Terry Lyons and Angelo Cangelosi
Working Group session I
Working Group sessions II
Working Group sessions III