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)

    • Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp/Cambridge)

    • Albert Newen (Ruhr University Bochum)

    • Susanna Siegel (Harvard University)

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


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