PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Symposium: Bayesianism in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience: An Assessment

Friday, 4 November 2016
09:00 - 11:45

Piedmont 1 (12th Floor)

Chair: Maria Serban, University of Copenhagen

Bayesian models have rapidly spread throughout psychology and neuroscience. These models are often claimed to provide novel explanations, principles, or even a new overarching framework for the cognitive sciences. Many of these claims are fundamentally philosophical in nature, but they are only now being subjected to critical scrutiny. This interdisciplinary symposium brings together philosophers and psychologists to assess and explore the explanatory, descriptive, and normative power of Bayesian models in cognitive science and neuroscience. The five talks are all grounded in both the actual scientific practice, and careful consideration of the conceptual, methodological, and philosophical issues involved with Bayesian models. The talks also come from diverse viewpoints, including proponents, skeptics, and pragmatists about Bayesian models.

Bayesian Psychology and the Vindication of Human Rationality
Richard Samuels, The Ohio State University,
Bayesian cognitive science, rational constructivism, and implications for epistemology
Fei Xu, UC Berkeley,
Mechanistic Bayesian cognitive science?
David Danks, Carnegie Mellon University,
An Interventionist Analysis of Bayesian Cognitive Science
Michael Rescorla
Is Cognitive and Neural Processing Bayesian?
Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh,


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