Workshop on

"Computational Modeling of Cognition-Emotion Interactions:
Relevance to Mechanisms of Affective Disorders and Therapeutic Action"

Held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
July 23, 2014
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Recent years have witnessed an increasing interest in developing computational models of emotion and emotion-cognition interaction, within the emerging area of computational affective science. At the same time, emotion theorists and clinical psychologists have been recognizing the importance of moving beyond descriptive characterizations of affective disorders, and identifying the underlying mechanisms that mediate both psychopathology and psychotherapeutic action.

Computational models of cognition-emotion interactions have the potential to facilitate more accurate assessment and diagnosis of affective disorders, and to provide a basis for more efficient and targeted approaches to treatment, through an improved understanding of the mechanisms of therapeutic action.

In spite of the significant synergy that could result from a dialogue among researchers and practitioners in affective modeling, emotion research and clinical psychology, limited interaction exists among these communities. The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary dialog among the members of these research communities, and explore how computational models of emotion-cognition interaction can help elucidate the mechanisms mediating affective disorders, as well as the mechanisms of therapeutic action.


Keith Oatley, University of Toronto: “The cognitive bases of emotions, emotional disorders, and psychotherapy”

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:

Addressing these questions from a multi-disciplinary perspective will provide the context within which concrete gaps in both theoretical knowledge and methodologies can be identified, and research priorities established.


(Presentations can be downloaded by clicking on their titles below.)

Invited talk: "The cognitive bases of emotions, emotional disorders and psychotherapy"

Keith Oatley, University of Toronto.

"Tentative applications of the Commitment Theory of Emotions to the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of affective disorders"

Michel Aubé, Université de Sherbrooke. (The background story motivating some of this work can be downloaded here.)

"Three-tier Model of Emotions"

Jason Wilson, Tufts University.

"A design-based approach to sleep-onset and insomnia: Super-somnolent mentation, the cognitive shuffle and serial diverse imagining

Luc Beaudoin, Simon Fraser University & CogSci Apps Corp.

"From cognitive biases to panic: Modeling the mechanisms of anxiety disorders"

Eva Hudlicka, Psychometrix Associates & University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Program Committee

Eva Hudlicka, Chair, Psychometrix Associates and University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Michael Arbib, University of Southern California
Jorge Armony, McGill University
Luc Beaudoin, Simon Fraser University
Jean-Marc Fellous, University of Arizona
Ian Horswill, Northwestern University
Richard Lane, University of Arizona
Rainer Reisenzein, University Greifswald
Matthias Scheutz, Tufts University