CogSci 2020

CogSCi 2020 update

The Governing Board of the Cognitive Science Society has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully. While we all express our hopes for a speedy resolution, it is now clear that it will not be possible for us to hold our annual conference in Toronto this year. We are excited, however, to announce that CogSci 2020 will take place as a virtual meeting on the same dates: July 29th – August 1st. 

We remain fully committed to making sure the Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society will appear as usual. Notifications of acceptance will be provided in April. On notification of decisions, authors will be able to indicate whether they wish to present their material virtually. Regardless of their presentation choice, all accepted authors will be able to publish in the proceedings. Our intent at this time is to run our full program as a virtual conference this year, including tutorials and workshops, all awards, plenary speakers, symposia, paper tracks, and posters. We thank our wonderful conference co-chairs, Blair Armstrong, Stephanie Denison, Michael Mack, and Yang Xu, for their tremendous efforts in these difficult times, as well as all of you who have contributed submissions, reviews, and meta-reviews.

Although we are disappointed about not being able to host a physical meeting this year, we are enthusiastic about the new possibilities of a virtual meeting. We will announce further details in the coming weeks.

Thank you all for your words of support and enduring commitment to cognitive science. As ever, any questions or concerns can be directed to the Society Chair, Asifa Majid , or the Society Executive Officer, Anna Drummey .


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Important Dates

Call for Submissions November 29, 2019
Hotel Reservations Open January 13, 2020
Submissions Close February 3, 2020
Meta-reviewers to Invite All Reviewers February 3-10, 2020
Reviews Due March 9, 2020
Meta-reviews Due March 23, 2020
Registration Open More info coming soon…
Notifications of Decision Sent May 1, 2020
Presenting Author Registration Deadline May 18, 2020
Accepted Submissions Due in Final Form May 29, 2020
Conference July 29 – August 1, 2020


This year’s conference highlights research on the theme, Developing a Mind: Learning in Humans, Animals, and Machines, in addition to the full breadth and diversity of research topics offered by the society’s membership.

Co-Chairs: Stephanie Denison | Michael Mack | Yang Xu | Blair C. Armstrong

Invited Speakers
  • Cecilia Heyes
  • Geoffrey Hinton
  • Janet Werker
Invited Panels
  • Deep Integration of Development and Cognitive Science
  • Social, Cultural, and Linguistic Constraints on Development
  • Statistical Learning and Development

Humans and many other animals begin life in possession of very different cognitive abilities, neuroanatomical structures, and prior knowledge as compared to their adult states. Increasingly, computational models are also being implemented in ways that are sensitive to analogous qualitative and quantitative changes in an artificial intelligence’s learning, representation, and processing capacities. Understanding how cognition develops in humans, animals, and artificial intelligence is therefore central to any research conducted within the cognitive sciences.

By emphasizing the role of development within the cognitive sciences, this year’s conference aims to foster the creation of theories that reflect not only the adult state, as is often the focus, but that also reflect the developmental trajectories and the changes in representation and processing abilities that lead to these adult states. It also aims to stress the important and often under-emphasized role that comparative cognition and the study of cross-species differences can play within the cognitive sciences, both in revealing domain general and species-specific abilities. Empirical work on these fronts also holds promise to inform and benefit from insights from AI models that simulate developing minds. Collectively, focusing on development at this year’s conference can help stimulate a paradigm shift in how development is viewed within the cognitive sciences. Rather than being a largely separate theme in its own right, this edition of the annual meeting will help reveal why development should be a central principle that is part of and positively contributes to any comprehensive theory.

We encourage researchers from around the world to submit their best work in Cognitive Science to CogSci 2020, and to join us for discussions of the latest theories and results from the world’s best cognitive science researchers.