Call for Proposals

Social interactions play many roles in shaping our cognitive capacities in both health and disease. By enabling and supporting ties, interactions allow for the development of shared perceptual experience and agency. They are riddled with inherent tensions, whose resolutions often open new realms of relevance and sense-making. As such, social interactions are constitutive of the complexity that we see reflected in the cognitive capacities of human beings and of other animals.

As interactions occur between bodies in constant movement, they are primarily real-time, embodied processes. The importance of these components to mental wellbeing is becoming increasingly salient as people around the globe struggle to cope with the prolonged lockdown and social distancing measures put into place since early 2020.

ECogS 2021 aims to be forum for advancing the scientific understanding of these roles from a broad diversity of experimental and theoretical perspectives including psychology, social cognitive neuroscience, computer science, anthropology, and philosophy of mind. We call for contributions concerned with the role of social interactions in the constitution of mind and cognition, with particular emphasis on the real-time, embodied aspects of said interactions.

General topics

  • Embodiment of interactions
  • Real-time dynamics
  • Subjectivity and agency related to social interaction
  • Languaging
  • Shared perceptual experience
  • Interaction-related disorders and diseases
  • Interactive tensions
  • Coupling and synchronization

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: May 31, 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
  • Notification of acceptance: June 28, 2021

Guidelines for submitting

Submissions are now closed.


Registration to the conference will open later in the year, and will cost 20,000 JPY (paid on-site at the conference). If this fee is an impediment to your registration it can be waived, so please contact us so we can discuss how to support you.

Travel support

Travel bursaries as well as some full travel support packages will be available for participants. More details will be announced closer to the conference.

Any questions, please ask. This conference is organized by:

Tom Froese
Conference Chair, OIST
Sébastien Lerique
Program Chair, OIST
Kaori Yamashiro
Kaori Yamashiro
Local Organizer, OIST