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CogSci 2008

30th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society

July 23-26, 2008    Washington, DC, USA


CogSci 2008 is the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. The 2008 Annual Conference has attracted more than 500 submissions from across the world, with the program featuring multiple symposia, talks, and posters representing many research themes and approaches within Cognitive Science. Each year, the Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society features a particular area of study. The theme of CogSci 2008 is The Development and Decline of Cognitive Function. This theme highlights the rise of cognitive function in the course of normal development and its decline and involution as a result of brain damage or normal aging. We believe that understanding the development and decline of cognitive function is critical for understanding mature well-functioning cognition. This year’s theme is reflected in the selection of the two plenary speakers, Linda Smith and David Plaut, whose research exemplifies the theme of the conference. The program will feature several additional important events. First, there will be a symposium honoring the 2008 Rumelhart Prize winner, Shimon Ullman, as well as Shimon’s talk. There will also be an announcement of the 2009 Rumelhart Prize winner. In addition, in 2008 the Cognitive Science Society is marking its 30th Anniversary – that’s right our society is about to enter middle age! The 30th Anniversary will be marked by an invited symposium organized by Larry Barsalou. It will consist of two parts, focusing on the trajectories of disciplines and perspectives within Cognitive Science over the past 30 years. The 30th Anniversary Symposium will bring together many of those who were there at the beginning of the Society and who are today leaders in the field of cognitive science.

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The 30th Annual Conference will be held on July 23-26, 2008 in The Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Washington is the capital of the United States and the home of an extraordinary number of historical monuments, the Smithsonian Institute, and numerous museums for the arts and the natural sciences. The conference will be co-located with the Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology (http://www.cogs.indiana.edu/socmathpsych).

In total, 515 paper submissions were received, of which 383 were accepted as 6-page papers in the Proceedings. These include 166 (32.29%) papers scheduled for oral presentation, and 217 (42.21%) for poster presentation. There were also 6 symposia and 13 publication based talks accepted as oral presentations. In addition, 165 member abstracts were accepted for poster presentation. Finally, there will be 10 tutorials and 2 workshops offered on July 23, the day before the main conference. 

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Organizing the conference is a large undertaking, involving a tremendous amount of work for an extended period of time. It could not have been done without the help of many people. Primary thanks go to Kevin Gluck, the Cognitive Science Society Conference Officer. Kevin took on the responsibility of organizing the CogSci conference every year in order to have more continuity across conferences and to improve long-range planning. Kevin does a large part of that organization and planning. Many thanks go to Mike Mozer, CogSci 2008 Event Chair – his insight and sage advice have been greatly appreciated. Simon Dennis has been instrumental in bringing advances in cognitive science to scheduling the conference. For the first time in the history of the Society the scientific program was created by an LSA-based algorithm rather than by human beings – go Deep Blue! Jennifer Wiley did a fabulous job communicating to federal funding agencies that the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society is a worthy endeavor, whereas Niels Taatgen selected recipients of the multiple awards given by the Society. Thanks are also due to the 9 members of the Organizing Committee, for managing various aspects of the conference; the 79 members of the Program Committee, for their critical work in the review process; and the 591 reviewers, for providing thorough and helpful reviews. See the listings of these committees on subsequent pages. In addition, we would like to thank James Stewart, for quickly diagnosing and fixing problems arising from the submission/reviewing software, Chris McNorgan for managing the conference website, and Deborah Gruber, the Society’s Business Manager, for contributing to all aspects of the conference planning and preparation. Thanks are also due to all of the generous sponsors for their support of the conference, awards, workshops and tutorials, and for supporting student participation through reduced registration fees and travel support. We specifically acknowledge the Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Air Force Research Laboratory, the Institute of Education Sciences of the US Department of Education, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Cognitive Sciences Branch at the Army Research Laboratory - Human Research and Engineering Directorate, Office of Naval Research, Elsevier, the Cognitive Science Society, as well as to the University of Illinois at Chicago and Arizona State University Polytechnic for serving as the institutional sponsors for the federal grants supporting this conference. And above all, we would like to thank all the authors, the presenters, and the attendees of CogSci08 – without you there would have been no conference. Have a great 2008 conference and have fun in the Capital City!

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How to Cite Your Paper

APA formatted citation for a 6-Page Paper:

Smith, J., & Jones, M. (2008). This is the title of the paper. In B. C. Love, K. McRae, & V. M. Sloutsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 64-70). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

APA formatted citation for a Published Abstract (note that this is not a refereed publication):

Smith, J., & Jones, M. (2008). This is the title of the abstract [Abstract]. In B. C. Love, K. McRae, & V. M. Sloutsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 201). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

APA formatted citation for a talk (or poster) presentation:

Smith, J., & Jones, M. (2008, July). This is the title of the talk or poster. Paper (or Poster) presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Washington, DC.

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The Cognitive Science Journal Archive currently contains electronic versions of 459 articles (of 98 issues and 24 years) of the Cognitive Science Journal and collects materials published in the Proceedings of the Annual Cognitive Science Conference. It is maintained by the CogWorks Laboratories of RPI's Cognitive Science Department.

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