FROM WATCHING TO SEEING
INFORMATION SOCIETY – IS 2012
CONFERENCE COGNITIVE SCIENCES
OCTOBER 8-9, 2012
This years' cognitive science conference is dedicated to vision - a cognitive phenomenon, the research of which stretches across the wide range of disciplines: from basic neurophysiological level, all the way to psychological, phenomenological and philosophical considerations. The title of the conference: From Watching to Seeing, is meant to encapsulate the attempt of cognitive science to breach the so called explanatory gap, i.e. the divide between third-person descriptions (events in neurological system) and first-person perspectives (reports on lived human experience).
The selection of participants reflects the variety of angles from which the visual processing can be researched as well as variety of levels on which related cognitive phenomena occur. Our key plenary speakers are covering two distinct angles:
The contribution of dr. David Križaj, renowned neurophysiologist from University of Utah, will overview the path of the visual stimuli on its way from a simple electromagnetic signal to formation of a visual representation.
The second invited contributor, dr. Liliana Albertazzi, philosopher and phenomenologist from University of Trento, presents a study of the morphology of nature, art and cognition.
(See abstract of the plenary lectures below.)
The themes and presenters of this years' conference are covering the whole spectrum of perspectives, bracketed by the plenary contributors: neurophysiology (Hawlina), cognitive neuroscience (Pirtošek, Ravnik, Palmović, Bon, Brezovar, Levtsek, Bregant), artificial intelligence and computer vision (Gams, Tkalčič), psychiatry, psychology, phenomenology, philosophy and consciousness research (Škodlar, Smrdu, Albertazzi, Kordeš, Markič, Peruš).
(See the schedule of the conference below.)
Besides being able to bring together this exceptional group of contributors, our conference also succeeded building a bridge betweens Slovenian society for Cognitive sciences, University Medical Centre's and Institute Jožef Stefan.
Professor Zvezdan Pirtošek from the Department of Neurology is also contributing a PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Functional Anatomy of Visual Structures in Brain. The workshop is intended for general public (no background knowledge is required) and will be held in Slovene. It is free!
YOU ARE MOST CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE!
We believe that following the whole range of lectures will enable you to understand the entire path From Watching to Seeing more coherently.
David Križaj: POLYMODAL SENSORY INTEGRATION IN THE VISUAL SYSTEM
In many, perhaps most, vertebrate species, vision represents a dominant sensory modality that is essential for orientation and communication with the outside world. An animal's ability to perceive the external world is conditioned by its capacity to extract and encode specific features of the visual image. Thus, the output of the vertebrate retina is not a simple representation of the 2D visual map generated by photon absorptions in the photoreceptor layer but rather is transmitted as an abstract representation that emphasizes species-specific behavioral needs.
The lecture will lead us through the complex path of the visual stimuli on its way from a simple electromagnetic signal to formation of a visual representation. The recently discovered retinal mechanosensitive ion channels will be used as an example through which molecular physiology could unify Greek phenomenology, modern neuroscience and medicine.
Liliana Albertazzi: MORPHOLOGY IN NATURE, ART, AND COGNITION
Morphology is the study of outward appearances like shape, structure, and patterns of visual objects, which are of a huge visual complexity and overall spread in nature. Shape morphology played a relevant role in some important episodes in the interaction between science and art. The study of morphology involves a series of different disciplinary fields like the geometry of nature, the organic stereometry, the categorization of natural shapes and their patterns, and the aesthetics of nature. The results of an experiment on the relation between the two dimensions of shape and colour of the same modality (vision) will be presented as well as the analysis of the correlations between patterns of nature and specific hues. The experiment lead to the interesting results concerning the relationship between texture and colour as well as concerns the relationship between dimensionality and colour.
MONDAY, 8 OCTOBER (LARGE LECTURE HALL, JOŽEF STEFAN INSTITUTE)