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The conference workshop program provides an opportunity for in-depth discussion on a specific topic important to cognitive science. Please see below for details.

Motivations and Goals in Developing Integrative Models of Human Cognition

Time: Full-day (9:00 - 17:30)
Organizer: Glenn Gunzelmann

There has been tremendous growth recently in theories that attempt to
provide more comprehensive accounts of the foundational mechanisms of human
cognition. Such theories have taken a variety of forms, and have focused on
different levels of analysis. The diversity is important and necessary, but
can serve as a barrier to interaction, comparison, and integration, even at
venues like the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society that should
foster such dialogue. This workshop is intended to bring together
individuals working on integrative models of human cognition, to emphasize
shared motivations and goals. Ultimately, building scientific communities
that bridge levels of analysis, methodologies, and theoretical approaches to
work toward more comprehensive theories will be critical to the addressing
the central goal of the Cognitive Science Society -- understanding the nature
of the human mind.

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When eye see you: Gaze and joint attention in human interaction

Time: Full-day (9:00 - 17:30)
Organizers: Maria Staudte and Ulrich Pfeiffer

Gaze behavior provides fundamental mechanisms for sharing mental states
such as goals and desires and helps to ground communicative content.
Responding to or leading someone's gaze to a location or an object of
interest thus may result in a situation of joint attention -- a
referential triad between two individuals and an entity in the
environment. Since people often look at what they attend to and where
they intend to act, joint attention is considered fundamental to an
understanding of other minds and the interaction with them.
This workshop aims to explore how traditionally separate research areas
such as social cognition/neuroscience, psycholinguistics, human-computer
interaction and developmental psychology contribute to an understanding
of the general phenomenon of gaze-following and joint attention from
different perspectives -- and how these fields can benefit and learn
from each other, e.g. by comparing different approaches and methodologies.

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Mental Model Ascription by Language-Enabled Intelligent Agents

Time: Full-day (9:00 - 17:30)
Organizer: Marjorie McShane

Mental model ascription can be defined as inferring features of another human or artificial agent that cannot be directly observed, such as that agent's beliefs, plans, goals, intentions, personality traits, mental and emotional states, and knowledge about the world. This capability is an essential functionality of intelligent agents if they are to engage in sophisticated collaborations with people. The computational modeling of mental model ascription offers an excellent opportunity to explore the interaction of traditionally separate modules of cognitive architectures, such as language understanding, plan- and goal-oriented reasoning, and memory management. The common thread of this workshop will be the computational modeling of unobservable features by intelligent agents using language input as at least one of their modes of perception.

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Diagrammatic Cognition: Discovery and Design

Time: Full-day (9:00 - 17:30)
Organizer: William Bechtel

This workshop is designed to integrate a wide variety of cognitive science perspectives on the roles diagrams play in cognition, addressing various ways in which people design and use diagrams to spatialize thought and make it public, to work through ideas and clarify thinking, to reduce working memory load, to communicate ideas to others, to promote collaborative work by providing an external representation that can be pointed to and animated by gestures and collectively revised. The morning session (talks by Tversky, Healey, and Kirsh) will focus on creating and diagrams and using them to coordinate various activities, the afternoon (talks by Bechtel, Cheng, and Hegarty) will examine uses of diagrams in science. Both session will also include blitz talks presenting one major idea; scholars who would like to present blitz talks should contact the organizer.

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Deception as a Social Strategy

Time: Full-day (9:00 - 17:30)
Organizers: Swati Gupta, Tei Laine, and Kayo Sakamoto

Deception can be advantageous to a deceiver when the truth conflicts with his or her goals. People use deception to avoid punishment or embarrassment, to fit into a group, to harm, protect or help others, and for material or non-material benefit to themselves. While there are many ways in which people can deceive, there are always cost-benefit trade-offs, regardless of the strategy a person chooses. Understanding why and how people deceive in everyday life situations, and why sometimes they might choose not to deceive at all, will enable us to build richer models of socially intelligent behavior, that could be employed in computational systems designed to facilitate enterprises such as elder care, tutoring, and professional training. This workshop aims to address three questions: (1) what factors lead people to deceive? (2) what makes them decide to deceive one way rather than another? (3) how can we model these factors computationally?

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PRE-CogSci 2013: Bridging the gap between cognitive and computational approaches to reference

Time: Full-day (9:00 - 17:30)
Organizers: Albert Gatt, Roger van Gompel, Ellen Gurman Bard, Emiel Krahmer, and Kees van Deemter

Reference is a key mechanism in human communication which has long been studied in different areas of Cognitive Science. The PRE-CogSci 2013 workshop, which focusses on the production/generation of referring expressions, follows in the footsteps of two earlier CogSci workshops in seeking to forge closer links between the approaches that are associated with the different disciplines, with special attention to psycholinguistics and computational linguistics. Peer-reviewed contributions on all aspects of the production/generation of referring expressions are solicited. Special themes of the workshop will include: (1) Collaborative reference, (2) Nondeterminism in production, (3) Interaction between comprehension and production, and (4) Combinations with research in vision. There will be invited presentations by Herb Clark and by Noah Goodman.

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Embodied Approaches to Interpersonal Coordination: Infants, Adults, Robots, and Agents

Time: Half-day (9:00 - 12:30)
Organizers: Rick Dale, Chen Yu, Yukie Nagai, Moreno Coco, and Stefan Kopp

Interpersonal interaction, especially in face-to-face circumstances, requires coordination (Clark, 1996). This involves many subtle behaviors, controlled carefully in the context of another person, from eye movements and gestures, to choice of words and beyond. Several new directions have pursued this microstructure of interpersonal interaction. First, with advances in sensing and computing techniques, we have the capability to process visual, audio and other sensory data collected from real-world interactions. Second, researchers in developmental robotics have investigated mechanisms of interpersonal coordination, to model and implement social systems. Third, research on virtual agents has developed new models of embodied human-agent interaction. Together these strands of research offer new insight into human social dynamics, and the means to implement and test theories in robotics and virtual agents. Bringing them together in one workshop is an opportunity to convey these new methods, and find shared interests and synergies among different approaches and different fields.

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Using Mechanical Turk and PsiTurk for Dynamic Web Experiments

Time: Half-day (14:00 - 17:30)
Organizers: Anna Coenen, Doug Markant, Jay B. Martin, and John McDonnell

This half-day workshop will demonstrate how to build custom web-based experiments that rely on participants from Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT). Attendees will learn how to deploy web-based experiments using PsiTurk, a Python-based platform that simplifies the process of setting up experiments and interacting with AMT. No prior knowledge about AMT is necessary, but participants are encouraged to download and set up the PsiTurk platform before attending the workshop if they would like to follow along during the demonstration. The workshop will also discuss the benefits and drawbacks of running experiments online and address concerns about the quality of data obtained via AMT or other web-based services.

Interactive Panel Discussion: Professional advancement through real and virtual international collaboration

Time: Half-day (16:00 - 19:00)
Organizers: Laurie Beth Feldman, Janet van Hell, Judith Kroll, Suparna Rajaram, and Natasha Tokowicz

The goal of Women in Cognitive Science (WICS) is to increase attention to the situation of women cognitive scientists, to better understand the reasons for existing problems of under representation in key positions, and to provide a forum for professional development that encourages both junior and senior male and female scientists to consider the ways in which they might work with their own home institutions to effect change.
The CSS 2013 interactive panel discussion will bring together American and European researchers in Cognitive Science to discuss national and international collaborations as a tool toward professional advancement and visibility and why this is important to one's career development. Invited speakers include Melody Dye (Indiana University, Bloomington), Pernille Hemmer (Rutgers University), James Magnuson (University of Connecticut and Haskins Labs), Michael Spivey (University, of California, Merced) and Anne Warlaumont, (University, of California, Merced). Speakers will describe and contrast varied ways to initiate and goals for international and virtual collaborations. *Laurie Feldman will serve as moderator.

Workshop Chair

Dongkyu Choi (University of Kansas)