Hanne de Jaegher Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow, University of the Basque Country
I am a philosopher of cognitive science, fascinated by how we think, work, play—basically, live and love—together. For understanding this better, I’m developing a theory of subjectivity and intersubjectivity called participatory sense-making.
Participatory sense-making is a framework for investigating our social lives. It build conceptual bridges between the different disciplines working on intersubjectivity. I also study and develop novel empirical methods. These concepts and methods are then applied to real life issues, for instance autism, therapeutic practices, learning and teaching, intimacy, development. In turn, the applications inform the further construction of the theory.
Bert Hodges Professor of Psychology, University of Connecticut
Bert H. Hodges came to Gordon after receiving his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1972. Since 2010 he has been Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton (UK) and the University of California Santa Barbara, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Portsmouth (UK), Oxford University (UK), University of Connecticut, and Rutgers University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action. He is Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Interactivity, Language, and Cognition, and is a former officer of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.
His work in social psychology, which is related to issues of conformity, dissent, truth-telling, and disagreement, has challenged traditional approaches to these issues that has opened up new possibilities for understanding social interactions and relationships. Within ecological psychology, he has been a leading voice for greater emphasis on the social and moral dimensions of physical actions, and he has contributed to important conversations about the nature of language, especially how it can be integrated better with social and ecological perspectives. He has given invited lectures on these topics in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, England, Russia, and the USA.
Mark Bickhard Henry R. Luce Professor in Cognitive Robotics and the Philosophy of Knowledge, Lehigh University
Mark Bickhard is the Henry R. Luce Professor in Cognitive Robotics and the Philosophy of Knowledge at Lehigh University. He is affiliated with the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology, and is Director of the Institute for Interactivist Studies. His work ranges from process metaphysics and emergence to consciousness, cognition, language, and functional models of brain processes, to persons and social ontologies. Bickhard’s work on cognition features a model of cognition as emergent in agent processes for interacting with the world. The model has strong implications for the nature of developmental processes. This work has generated an integrated organization of models encompassing The Whole Person, which is the tentative title of a book in preparation.
Li Wei Professor in Applied Linguistics, University College London
My personal take on Linguistics is driven by my belief in the constitutive nature of linguistic practice. Human beings construct their social space (including identity, personal relations, ideology) through strategic use of language. Consequently, I am less interested in how language works in abstract forms and more in how human beings use language (and other communication resources) in real-life situations. From this perspective, I also see Linguistics as offering a method of studying human sociality, human cognition and social structures.
My main research interest is in the broad area of bilingualism and multilingualism, which includes Bilingual and Multilingual First Language Acquisition (BAMFLA), early second language acquisition (ESLA), speech and language disorders of bilingual and multilingual speakers, the pragmatics of codeswitching, bilingual education, and intercultural communication. My current work focuses on the creativity and criticality of multilingual speakers.
I am also interested in Asian philosophies (especially Confucius, Taoist and Buddhist philosophies) and linguistic pragmatics, the concept of “self” in different cultures, and the application of Conversation Analysis to intercultural and cross-lingual professional communication.
My research interests connect with other disciplines and research areas including diasporas studies, cultural memory, anthropology, qualitative psychology, and cognitive science.
Sarah Bro Trasmundi Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark
Sarah Bro Trasmundi (née Pedersen) is Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. She has been a visiting scholar at (i) Department of Education, Gothenburg University, where she worked together with Professor Per Linell, (ii) Department of Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego, hosted by Professor David Kirsh, (iii) Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences, Stanford University, hosted by Professor Michael L. Anderson, (iv) Department of German, University of California, Berkeley, hosted by Professor Claire Kramsch, (v) Department of Computing, Goldsmiths University of London, where she worked with Professor Mark Bishop. Currently she works with cognitive ethnography and embodied interaction on a large research project The Ecology of Psychotherapy: Integrating Cognition, Languge, and Emotion (EPICLE). She is the director of the upcoming CogEthno-Lab at Department of Language and Communication.
Michael Richardson Professor, Macquarie University
I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. My research is directed towards understanding the lawful dynamics of human perception, action, and cognition. I have expertise in experimental and applied psychology, cognitive science, human-movement science, perception-action, joint-action and social coordination, virtual-reality, complex systems, quantitative and statistical analysis methods, and dynamical modeling. I teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses on these topics, as well as workshops on nonlinear time-series analysis and dynamical systems modeling.
Rachel Kallen Associate Professor, Macquarie University
Dr. Kallen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her research utilizes a framework of complex systems to investigate a range of social behaviours and systems. Bridging both basic and applied science, she has expertise in many areas of social psychology (i.e., stigma, intergroup relations, the science of diversity) as well as in cognitive science (social interaction, multiagent coordination, and dynamical modelling).
Vasu Reddy Professor of Development & Cultural Psychology, University of Portsmouth
After completing my Bachelors degree in Psychology, English Literature and Political Science (1975) and Masters in Psychology (1977) in Hyderabad India, I did my PhD at Edinburgh University (between 1977 and 1983). Returning to India I taught Psychology at the University College for Women in Hyderabad for three years. I have been teaching at British universities from 1986.
I am interested in the origins and development of social cognition, mainly in young infants. For twenty years now I have been exploring the role of emotional engagement in social understanding, focusing on the everyday, ordinary engagements (such as teasing and joking and showing-off or feeling shy) which often tend to get ignored in mainstream theories. I am Director of the Centre for Situated Action and Communication which explores ideas of context and situation on different kinds of psychological phenomena. My interest in engagement as the route to understanding has led me to questions about the nature and influence of cultural engagements on social understanding.
Kaya de Barbaro Assistent Professor, University of Texas at Austin
My background is in cognitive science, an interdisciplinary field where I was trained in methods and theories from psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and computer science. My expertise is in developmental science, and my work spans the domains of social, cognitive, motor, and physiological development. Across these domains, I have characterized the microdynamics of infants’ activity—as they use their eyes and hands to play and explore while expressing patterns of arousal and affect. To capture infants’ activity in high resolution, I have used tools ranging from fine-grained video analyses to eyetracking and physiological sensors. I have developed a unique methodological toolkit to make sense of and quantify theoretically-interesting patterns in these high-density datasets.