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New Grant: Junior Research Fund

Munich - Germany - September 1, 2020

Congratulations to Jurgis Karpus who was awarded a grant from the Junior Research Fund for postdoctoral researchers under the LMUexcellent initiative at LMU-Munich. Jurgis says: “I’m hugely excited about the opportunity this grant provides me to investigate deeper our recently discovered phenomenon of algorithm exploitation—human willingness to exploit benevolent AI. My first task is to investigate whether people’s willingness to exploit cooperative artificial agents is prevalent across cultures.”

Application Deadline for a new job in CrowdCognition

- September 15, 2019

Project launch: ERC Consolidator Project rid-O

Munich Germany - September 1, 2019

On 01 September 2019, Crowd Cognition will formally start the new phase of its academic and research activities at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. The project is funded by a 2m Euro European Research Council Consolidator grant (rid-O) extending to 01 Sept 2024.

The project’s focus is on understanding the Cognitive and Neurobiological basis of Overconfidence in human social interactions. We will combine theoretical (game theory, computational neuroscience), interactive behavioural neuroscience and state-of-the-art neuroimaging (EEG, fMRI) to address this question.

Crowd Cognition will soon be recruiting research staff (3 postdocs and one RA) to join the rid-O project. If you are looking for a job or know someone smart who does, get in touch.

Aegina Summer School on Social Cognition 2019 “Norms & Biases in Social Interactions”

Hotel Apollo, Aegina, Greece - July 1, 2019

The Summer School on “Norms & Biases in Social Interactions “ is jointly organised by the Institute of Philosophy, and the Warburg Institute at the University of London, the LMU MunichRoyal Holloway, University of London, and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

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Moving Humans with CREATE

Tate Modern, London UK - June 22, 2019

Explore the emotional power of movement through art and science

Artists have for long been experimenting with the emotional power of the moving body and the moving image – through dance, video and other performance. But why do certain movements affect us so much? Can they make us feel or think differently about ourselves, others, and the space around us? Can science and art build new ways of moving us?

In this unique collaboration between cognitive scientists, renowned and new generation artists, Tate Exchange will invite visitors to actively explore unexpected aspects of their perception of movement, in a series of immersive and interactive installations.

About CREATE (Centre for Research in Experimental Aesthetics, Technology and Education)

CREATE (Centre for Experimental Aesthetics), at the University of London, connects the humanities to the neurosciences, to advance our understanding of how culture works, and how the arts and new technologies affect our bodies and minds. A collaboration between the University of London, Ludwig Maximilian University and renowned plus new generation artists.

What Happens in Your Brain When You Try to Influence Others?

Germany - Berlin - June 19, 2019

Tickets can be booked here

Venue: Stillpoint Spaces – The Lab

Hobrechtstraße 66, 12047 Berlin

We live in the age of persuasion. From the outcomes of political campaigns to our stand on issues such as global warming, immigration crisis and taxation, the fate of the most critical issues in our public life depends on persuaders working to influence public opinion. The research on social influence has been dominated by the motivation to understand the mind of the targets of influence (e.g. consumers, voters) in order to exert even more influence on them. Far less is known about the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of the source of the influence (e.g. spin doctors, financial advisers, pundits etc). This evening’s seminar and discussion will be devoted to better understanding influence deployed from the source rather than the target.

Cognitive Neuroscientist Bahador Bahrami researches the phenomena of persuasion and decision making drawing on social psychology, mathematical modelling, statistical analysis, and cognitive/biological modelling. Dr. Bahrami’s abiding question is “How do we take a real world conversation and make that observable in the lab, and then take findings from the lab, back into the world?” By closely investigating through experimentation, he hopes to gain a better understanding of the psychology of the influencer and how they communicate around issues of uncertainty and risk. While these methods stand in stark contrast to the tradition of depth psychology, one might ask, “Is the consultation room not also like a lab?” and “Isn’t the clinician in that consulting room a kind of influencer?”

We are excited to host Dr. Bahrami to learn more about his methods and findings and then to put him in conversation with psychotherapist Dr. Aaron Balick who will attempt to find overlap with him from the intersubjective perspective that lies at the heart of relational psychoanalysis.

During the lecture, participants will have a chance to contribute to the discussion by asking questions and providing feedback.

Tickets can be booked here

Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality in a Digital World

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin Germany - June 11, 2019

SI2019 final program

The Summer Institute brings together talented young researchers and renowned scientists from around the globe and aims to spark a dialogue about decision making under the real world constraints of limited time, information, or computational power. The Summer Institute offers a forum for young scholars from various disciplines to share their approaches, discuss their research, and to inspire each other. The program will cover the fundamentals, methodology, and recent findings on bounded rationality.

The theme of 2019 is bounded rationality in a digital world. This year, we will approach the topic of bounded rationality in the context of recent technological developments and rapidly changing informational environments, as well as the new challenges they present to human rationality and decision making. The keynote talks will be given by Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol; Oliver Brock, Technical University of Berlin; and Iyad Rahwan, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

Alignment in body & mind: dynamic social interactions

Munich - May 6, 2019

The interactive conference on social alignment will take part in May in Munich.
Speakers from around Europe will present novel methods, exciting computational techniques and new ideas as to how we become aligned with others during rich social interactions. At the end of each of the two-days, we will hold a roundtable discussion based on some pre-determined questions of interest as well as questions from the audience. On day two, we will also enjoy a short musical interlude followed by questions with the musicians for some insight into how professional musicians coordinate non-verbally.
Registration is free but required for our planning for attendance and catering.
Please email m.fairhurst@lmu.de to confirm registration as well as if you have questions you would like added to the roundtable topics.

Guest Lecture at Berlin School of Mind & Brain

Berlin - April 2, 2019

The social cognitive basis of political rhetorics

Bahador Bahrami (MPIB Berlin / LMU München)



Political rhetoric, Aristotle told us, is what orators use to persuade their audience about future. Numerous studies in social psychology and neuroscience have asked what happens in the mind and brain of the audience. There is hardly any research about the mind and brain of the orator who employs rhetorical devices to persuade. I will address this question in my talk.

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Royal Society Data-Human Transformation: ‘connecting and depending’ workshop

The Kohn Centre, The Royal Society - London - March 18, 2019

Following the success of recent reports on machine learning and data governance, the Royal Society is now considering where it should concentrate its policy activities in the areas of data and digital technologies during 2019 and 2020. In order to identify topics for major policy studies in 2019 and beyond, the Royal Society is convening a series of workshops in early 2019 on the topic of ‘human transformation’.

Each workshop will explore the impact of data and digital technologies on an area of human capabilities, considering the question: how will data and digital technologies shape human lives and experiences? We hope these workshops will be an occasion for the Society to better understand where future policy activities will be best utilised in this area.

This workshop concentrating on the theme ‘Connecting and Depending’, and will explore how people connect with others through technology and the ways in which we depend upon and interact with data and digital technologies.

Sharif Neuroscience Symposium

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran Iran - March 5, 2019

New Job Opening – we are hiring

Munich - Germany - February 15, 2019

Symposium on Social Deicsion Making at DCCN

Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging (DCCN) - January 10, 2019

ERC Consolidator Award for Crowd Cognition Group

Brussels - November 29, 2018

World Economic Forum – Davos

Davos - Switzerland - February 14, 2017