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Cognitive Science Society Responds to U.S. Executive Order on Immigration

The Cognitive Science Society brings together researchers from around the world who hold a common goal: understanding the nature of the human mind. We write to affirm this goal in the context of the recent U.S. Presidential Executive Order, which has shocked and dismayed the scientific community by placing severe restrictions on travel for citizens of seven countries. These restrictions are inhumane and burdensome, and they are already having a negative impact on scientists across the world.

The Governing Board of the Cognitive Science Society is unanimous in condemning this executive order. We stand with a large number of other scholarly societies – including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Federation of Associations in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) – in opposing any action that weakens the global scientific community. In the weeks and months to come, we will monitor the situation and will continue to coordinate with colleagues around the world to oppose policies that undermine our commitment to scientific progress.

To help our members who may be affected by travel restrictions, the Society will be working to provide telepresence and remote participation options at our Annual Meeting this summer. We are actively gathering information about how these policies affect our membership, so if you or your collaborators have been negatively impacted, we encourage you to share your experiences anonymously at mdehghan@usc.edu. We are also fully committed to providing other assistance, including financial assistance if appropriate, to cognitive scientists affected by the current order.

We also encourage our membership to find ways that they personally can take action. One such way is through petitions being circulated in support of the scientific community: (e.g., https://notoimmigrationban.com/); another is by offering to host scientists who may not be able to return to their home institution (e.g., at http://www.embo.org/science-solidarity).

 

Sincerely,

The Cognitive Science Society Governing Board

 

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