Symposium on

Modeling the Mechanisms of Cognition-Emotion Interactions

BICA 2014
November 7, 2014
MIT, Cambridge, MA

Data from affective neuroscience research increasingly suggest that emotion and cognition function in a highly interdependent manner. Cognition is necessary for many of the processes mediating emotion (e.g., cognitive appraisal), and emotions appear necessary for coordinating cognitive processing (e.g., affective biases facilitating coordinated cognitive processing) and adaptive behavior in general. However, the mechanisms mediating these complex interactions are not yet understood.

The goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers from computational affective modeling, and affective and cognitive science, to explore how computational models can contribute to an improved understanding of the of mechanisms mediating cognition-emotion interactions. Contributions are welcome from both applied modeling, that is, models embedded in agent architectures to enhance their affective realism, and from research models, focusing on identifying the underlying mechanisms.
Given the significant role that emotions play in the etiology of affective disorders, and the increasing interest by researchers in understanding the associated mechanisms, contributions are especially welcome from researchers studying the mechanisms of affective disorders and therapeutic action.

Workshop Format

To facilitate cross-disciplinary discussions and interaction, the workshop format will emphasize moderated panels, small working groups, and open discussion, in addition to the traditional paper sessions.  To this end, we encourage submissions of proposals for discussion topics, panels, small working groups.

Relevant topics include:

Submission & Dates

Extended abstracts (1-2 pages): Sept. 21, 2014
Notication of acceptance:         Sept. 30, 2014
Symposium date:                      Nov. 7, 2014
Please email abstracts to:         Eva Hudlicka (hudlicka at cs dot umass dot edu)

Symposium organizer: Eva Hudlicka, Psychometrix Associates & University of Massachusetts-Amherst