Symposium (28 Oct): Rationality in Perception and Cognition
Whether humans are rational decision makers is a central question in research on both perception and higher-level cognition. Surprisingly, the two fields have delivered seemingly contradictory answers: while humans are generally found to perform near-optimally on perceptual inference tasks, the cognitive sciences have reported many cases in which inferences seem instead to be governed by suboptimal heuristics and biases.

This one-day symposium will bring together researchers from both fields to discuss recent progress in research on rationality. Speakers are encouraged to make a link between their work and questions related to the "perception-cognition gap": does it reflect an intrinsic difference in human inference mechanisms or could it be ascribed to, for example, differences in empirical paradigms or definitions of rationality?

The symposium will be held on Sat 28 October 2017 (9am-5pm) at Blåsenhus in Uppsala and is a satellite meeting to the SweCog conference that will be held on 26-27 October. Registration for the symposium is free.

We are happy to announce the following invited speakers:

- Prof. John Flach (Wright State University)
- Prof. Ulrike Hahn (Birckbeck, University of London)
- Prof. Christopher Summerfield (Oxford University)

For more information, please contact Ronald van den Berg (

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