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Psychonomic Society Leading Edge Workshop

Time for Action: Reaching for a better understanding of the dynamics of cognition

Organizers: Joo-Hyun Song (Brown University, USA) Tim Welsh (University of Toronto, Canada)

May 8, 2018


Section 1 – Theoretical considerations of the interactions between cognition and action

9:00-10:00 am Integrating perception and action: The Theory of Event Coding
Bernhard Hommel, Institute for Psychological Research & Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, the Netherlands

10:00-10:15 am Coffee Break

10:15- 11:15 am The evolutionary history of integrated cognition and action
Paul Cisek, Department of Neuroscience, University of Montreal, Canada

11:15-11:30 am Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 pm Interactions between the dorsal and ventral visual streams in the production of skilled movements
Mel Goodale, The Brain and Mind Institute, The University of Western Ontario, Canada

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch Break

Section 2- Experimental evidence for the interactions between cognition and action

1:30-2:50 pm Session 2-1: Dynamics of action in social interactions

From Action to Abstraction: Gesture as a Mechanism of Change
Susan Goldin-Meadow, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, USA

Vision prioritizes action-relevant information in perihand space
Laura E. Thomas, Center for Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience, North Dakota State University, USA

2:50-3:05 pm Coffee Break

3:05-5:00 pm Session 2-2: Attention and action

Paradoxical modulation of motor actions by attention
Joo-Hyun Song, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences, Brown University, USA

Fluctuations in focused attention during goal-directed action
Jeff Moher, Department of Psychology, Connecticut College, USA

Choice reaching with a LEGO arm robot (CoRLEGO)
Dietmar Heinke, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK

May 9, 2018

Section 2- Experimental evidence for the interactions between cognition and action (Continued)

9:00-10:20 am Session 2-3: Action and object processing

Two neurocognitive routes for tool use and transport in the left hemisphere
Laurel Buxbaum, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, USA

I don’t have time to make up my mind: Using actions to understand ongoing decision making processes
Heather Neyedli, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, Canada

10:20-10:30 am Coffee Break

Section 3 – Knowledge translation activities for the interactions between cognition and action

10:30am -12:30 pm The neurotherapeutic potential of animation
Omar Ahmad, Kata, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA

Leveraging knowledge of integrated sensorimotor-cognition systems to enhance performance and learning during human-computer interactions
Tim Welsh, Centre for Motor Control, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto, Canada

Discussion on opportunities for knowledge translation and careers in the private sector
Discussants: Max Di Luca (Research Scientist, Oculus VR) and Robert Rauschenberger (Principal Scientist, Exponent)

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch Break

Section 4- Future of research in interactions between cognition and action

1:30-3:15 pm Session 4-1. Methodological considerations and standards

Actions as social signals: Methods and a framework for studies of human social interaction
Antonia Hamilton, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK

Models, movements, and minds: New tools to unite decision-making and action
Craig Chapman, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Canada

Discussion and consensus building exercise on methods

3:15-3:30 pm Coffee Break

Session 4-2. Past & future of cross-disciplinary research in action and cognition

3:30-4:30 pm The time for action is at hand
David Rosenbaum, University of California – Riverside, USA

4:30-5:00 pm General discussion: Future of the fields: A view from the bridge
Discussant: Betty Tuller, Program Director, National Science Foundation


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