The Conference

Joint Turin-Bochum Workshop

10th – 11th December 2018, Turin

Can wearing a heavy backpack make a hill look steeper? Does reflecting on negative words or actions make the world literally look darker? And does knowing the colour of a banana make it look more yellow? There is a long-standing debate on whether perception is affected by knowledge, beliefs, or language.

Are top-down effects on perception real, or do they just reflect influences on judgment, memory, or response bias? Does cognitive penetrability constrain us to epistemological coherentism? Does cognitive impenetrability lead us back to the myth of sense-data? The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from philosophy, psychology and neuroscience to discuss these and related questions.

Invited speakers

Peter Brössel (Ruhr University Bochum)

Yasmina Jraissati (American University of Beirut)

Insa Lawler (Ruhr University Bochum)

Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp/Cambridge)

Albert Newen (Ruhr University Bochum)

Athanassios Raftoupoulos  (University of Cyprus)

Susanna Siegel (Harvard University)


Sala Lauree Rossa – Campus Luigi Einaudi 


Peter Brössel (University of Bochum), Vincenzo Crupi (University of Turin), Mara Floris (University of Turin), Oscar Scarpello (University of Turin), Filippo Vindrola (University of Bochum).

The conference is a joint initiative of the University of Turin and the Ruhr-University of Bochum and The Emmy Noether Research Group From Perception To Belief and Back Again.