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CogSci 2007
The 29th Annual Conference 
of the Cognitive Science Society

Nashville, Tennessee, USA
August 1-4, 2007


CogSci 2007 is the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society for basic and applied cognitive science research. Scientists from across the world submit their best work and attend CogSci to hear the latest theories and data from the world's best cognitive science researchers. Each year, the Cognitive Science conference highlights a particular area of cognitive science. The theme of CogSci 2007 is CogSci in the Real World. This theme is intended to highlight cognitive science research in which principles supported in basic cognitive science research are further tested in real world settings or applied to questions that arise in real world settings. One central aspect of this type of research, in contrast to other realms of applied research, is that it is theoretically driven and feeds back to our theoretical understandings. As such, real world research fortifies our understanding of human cognition. 

To honor this theme, two researchers who exemplify this genre of research are plenary speakers at the conference, Walter Kintsch and John Laird. In addition, the 2007 Rumelhart Prize Winner, Jeffrey Elman, and the 2006 Heineken Prize Winner, John Anderson, will give plenary talks in honor of their awards. 

The location of CogSci 2007 was the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee (August 1 – August 4, 2007). In total, 397 paper submissions were received, of which 273 were accepted as 6-page papers in the Proceedings. Of these, 117 (29.6%) were scheduled for oral presentation, and 156 (39.5%) for poster presentation. There were also 13 symposia and 14 publication based talks accepted as oral presentations. In addition, 201 member abstract submissions were received, which are only lightly reviewed, and thus, 196 of them were accepted. There were 4 tutorials and 4 workshops offered on August 1, the day before the main conference.

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Organizing the conference involves 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. The large growth in our society has moved us away from the smaller, university-located conferences, and into large conference venues that need to be booked and planned several years in advance. Kevin does a large part of that organization and planning. Thanks are also due to the 19 members of the Organizing Committee, for managing various aspects of the conference; the 72 members of the Program Committee, for their work in the review process; the 593 reviewers, for providing thorough and helpful reviews; and the Local Organization Committee, for managing local arrangements. See the listings of these committees on subsequent pages. In addition, thanks are due to James Stewart, for quickly diagnosing and fixing problems arising from the submission/reviewing software; 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 sponsors (who are listed on a subsequent page) for their support of the conference, awards, workshops and tutorials, and for supporting student participation through reduced registration fees and travel support. And above all, thanks are due to all the authors, the presenters, and the attendees of CogSci07 for making it a great success.

How to Cite a CogSci Paper or Presentation

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APA formatted citation for a 6-Page Paper: 

Smith, J., & Jones, M. (2007). This is the title of the paper. In D. S. McNamara & J. G. Trafton (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th Annual 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. (2007). This is the title of the abstract. In D. S. McNamara & J. G. Trafton (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th Annual Cognitive Science Society (p. 201). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

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

Smith, J., & Jones, M. (2007, August). This is the title of the talk or poster. Paper (or Poster) presented at the 29th Annual Cognitive Science Society. Nashville, TN.

Cognitive Science Journal Archive

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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