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November / December 2016

Professor Antović's visit to the University of Vienna

In November and December 2016, Prof. Mihailo Antović, head of the Center for Cognitive Sciences, was a guest lecturer in the MEi, Middle European Indisciplinary Master Program in Cognitive Science at the University of Vienna. Among other activities, Prof. Antović gave a lecture entitled "Musicolinguistics: Why Would Connections between Music and Language Matter for Cognitive Science", and a workshop on "multilevel grounding" in meaning construction. The visit was supported by the CEEPUS exchange program, in which the Center for Cognitive Science participates along with eight partner institutions from central and southeast Europe.




Dr Patrick Plummer's lecture

On Thursday, 3 November 2016, Patrick Plummer, Ph.D. from UCLA, Los Angeles, USA, gave an online lecture titled "The Effects of Context on Word Recognition" in which he focused on different aspects of language comprehension during reading. Namely, his work is focused on how readers coordinate the cognitive processes that underlie word identification and sentence comprehension with the constraints imposed by visual acuity and the requirements of fine oculomotor control. During the lecture he introduced selected projects designed to investigate the influence of linguistic context on word recognition during reading using high temporal resolution eye-tracking methodologies. More specifically, he presented two sets of experiments, where the first set of experiments examined the effects of prior sentence context on the extraction of orthographic (letter) and phonological (sound) information at the earliest stages of word identification, while the second set was designed to examine the influence of various corpus-based lexical characteristics on word recognition difficulty and eye-movement control during reading. Finally, the lecture gave way to a fruitful discussion.




CogSciNiš 2016: Symbol Grounding in Cognitive Science


(click to download the poster/programme)

On 20 and 21 May 2016, Center for Cognitive Sciences hosted the third cognitive science symposium named CogSciNiš 2016: Symbol Grounding in Cognitive Science, supported by the Faculty of Philosophy and the University of Niš. The symposium was held in the main building of the University of Niš and consisted of two main talk sessions, one plenary lecture and a round table discussion titled "Schemas, Grounds, and Meaning in Language, Music, Vision, and Beyond - Open Issues and Collaboration Opportunities". The opening speech was given by professor Vesna Lopičić, University's vice-rector for international cooperation, while the plenary video-link lecture, "Is Music a Universal Language" was given by professor Anthony Brandt (Rice University, USA), whereas the list of participants included: Emilios Cambouropoulos, Danae Stefanou, Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas, George Athanassopoulos, and Asteris Zacharakis from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Computational and Cognitive Musicology Group), Oliver Kutz and Maria Hedblom from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Evgeniya Hristova from the Center for Cognitive Science, New Bulgarian University, Milena Petrović and Gordana Acić from the University of Arts in Belgrade, as well as four representatives of the host university - Đorđe Vidanović, Mihailo Antović, Vladimir Figar and Dušan Stamenković. Besides this, we had several video-link participants: Dimitris Tasoudis and Petros Vouvaris (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki), Anna Piata (Swiss Center for Affective Sciences), and Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas (University of Navarra), along with one virtual listener - Constant Bonard (University of Geneva). The symposium allowed the participants to link their studies related to the domains of musicology, linguistics and cognitive science, and plan some directions for institutional and research collaboration in the future.


Professor Hristova's Lecture

On Tuesday, 17 May, 2016, Professor Evgeniya Hristova, Ph.D. from the Center for Cognitive Science, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria, gave a lecture titled "Moral judgments about decision of artificial cognitive systems" in which she presented a number of studies carried out by her colleagues and her - in these studies they tested how moral human subjects may find different decisions made or potentially made by humanoid robots or artificial intelligence cognitive systems.


Dr Canovas's Lecture

On Saturday, 23 April, 2016, Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas, Ph.D. from the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navara, Spain, gave a lecture via video link titled “The Poetics of Time: Cognition, Culture, Communication.” The lecture was given at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš, during the annual conference “Language, Literature, Time 2016”. The lecture started with the introduction and comparison of the classical Conceptual Metaphor Theory and the more recent model proposed in the form of Conceptual Blending Theory, emphasizing the shortcomings of the former and potential advantages of the latter. In addition to the overview of metaphorical conceptualizations of time in poetry, the lecture also provided ample psychological evidence for the “existence” of the TIME IS SPACE metaphor, and it also introduced more recent research efforts in the study of metaphorical gestures conducted on materials from the Red Hen database. The lecture ended in a fruitful discussion.


Dr Lu's Lecture

On Thursday, 21 April, 2016, Wei-lun Lu, Ph.D. (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic) gave a lecture titled “Use of parallel texts as a methodology in cognitive linguistics: Deictic verbs as viewpoint operators.” The introductory part of the talk included some of the basic tenets of Conceptual Metaphor Theory, and the discussion of the notion of “construal” as one of the most salient cognitive phenomena advocated by contemporary cognitive linguistics, which was followed by an overview of some more specific research areas. Namely, apart from presenting the results of his research on the use of parallel corpora in the investigation of deictic verbs as viewpoint operators, the lecture also stressed the importance of a comprehensive methodological approach to research in the domain of cognitive linguistics. One of the main suggestions included the use of renowned classics that have been translated multiple times into many languages, thereby yielding fruitful ground for investigation and cross-linguistic comparison. The lecture eventually led to a productive discussion.


Cognitive Comics Studies Lecture Series

From 30 March to 13 April 2016, Center for Cognitive Sciences hosted the Cognitive Comics Studies Lecture Series, which gathered three eminent comics scholars from Serbia, the Netherlands and the United States. The first lecture, titled Visual Manifestations of Conceptual Metaphor and Metonymy in Comics, was given on 30 March by Miloš Tasić (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Niš). This introductory lecture was followed by two video-link lectures. The first of them was Charles Forceville's (Media Studies, University of Amsterdam) Stylistics in Comics on 6 April 2016. The closing lecture in the series was Neil Cohn's (University of California, San Diego / Tilburg University) The Visual Language of Comics: What comics can tell us about the mind (and vice versa) on 13 April 2016. The lectures introduced the field of cognitive comics studies and displayed some of the possibilities for further research in this domain.

THE POSTER (click to download)



Dušan Stamenković's visit to the University of Vienna

From 3 to 28 December 2015, Asst. Professor Dušan Stamenković, CogSciNiš member and secretary, visited the University of Vienna through CEEPUS III academic network (CIII-AT-0103-10-1516 – Cognitive Science, Knowledge Studies, and Knowledge Technologies), where he participated in curricular activities within the Middle European interdisciplinary master programme in Cognitive Science (MEi:CogSci). During his visit, he gave a public lecture entitled The Contribution of Cognitive Linguistics to Gaming and Comics Studies, and a workshop titled Identifying and Analysing Metaphor, Metonymy, and Image Schemata in Visual Languages, both of which were part of the MEi:CogSci programme activities. Besides this, he participated in classes within the course Introduction to Cognitive Science I, whereas he also visited Comnenius University in Bratislava. With his colleagues from Vienna and Bratislava he discussed various cooperation possibilites, as well as directions for founding an MA programme in cognitive sciences at the University of Niš.


Nikola Stojanović's Talk

On Wednesday, 23 December 2015, Nikola Stojanović, a lecturer from the Faculty of Electronic Engineering (University of Niš), gave a talk entitled Virtual reality: new research possibilities in cognitive sciences. The lecturer provided an overview of various activities his research group had performed, some of which had been directed at raising awareness about the importance of VR technologies in diverse fields - from entertainment to science. It was pointed out that there are possibilities for cooperation with the Center for Cognitive Sciences in the domain of spatial, language and auditory cognition. After the presentation, numerous participants had the opportunity to try out the Oculus Rift VR system.


Jana Mitić's and Naomi Benecasa's Talk

On 8 December, 2015, Jana Mitić (Faculty of Arts, University of Niš) and Naomi Benecasa (Rice University, Houston, Texas) gave a lecture titled “Study of the Perception of musical Timbre Inspired by Cognitive Linguistics.” The presenters provided a brief overview of the role of conceptual metaphors in the study of musical meaning, which was then followed by some specific examples from the presenters’ professional experience. In addition to colorful illustrations of the use of conceptual metaphors and image schemata in the descriptions of musical timbre, the presentation also included a live cello-performance of some selected pieces aimed to illustrate not only examples of upward/downward movement and circular motion, but also instances of the emotional/affective content that most musical pieces can evoke, and how these effects can be either stressed or downplayed by the performer’s interpretation.


CogSci Meetings with Students

During June and July 2015, several members of the Center for Cognitive Sciences organized a series of meetings and workshops with students interested in cognitive sciences. These meetings yielded a number of plans related to possible research and papers in the forthcoming months, predominantly in the areas of cognitive linguistics and cognitive musicology.



Professor Oakley's Visit

Professor Todd Oakley, one of the world's most eminent cognitive linguists and Chair of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio, USA), visited the University of Niš, Faculty of Philosophy, and Center for Cognitive Sciences from 12 to 15 May 2015. During his visit, he gave a number of lectures and workshops - “Invocation or Apostrophe?: Rhetorical Dimensions of Prayer Idioms in Broadcast Television”, “Semantic Domains in The Dream of the Rood”, “Becoming Human: The Phylogeny of Homo Rhetoricus”, “The Fluidity-to-Elasticity Hypothesis: the Perspectives” (sa prof. dr Đorđem Vidanovićem), “Deonstemic Modals in Legal & Political Discourse: The Cognitive Semiotics of Layered Actions”. A detailed program of his visit can be found in the attached poster. POSTER


Dr Moustafa's Lectures

On Monday, 27 April, and Wednesday, 29 April, Dr Ahmed Moustafa (School of Social Science and Psychology and the Marcs Institute, University Of Western Sydney) gave two lectures, titled Behavioral and Computational Studies of Parkinson's Disease and Designing Computational Models of Brain and Behaviour. Among other things, he elaborated on the ways in which the existing treatments of Parkinson's disease may benefit from behavioral and computational models. Video link.



Professor Nešić's Lecture

On Wednesday, 08 April 2015, professor Milkica Nešić (Faculty of Medicine, University of Niš) gave a lecture entitled Neuroscience of Communication - from Molecule to Society, in which she described a set of links between molecules, cells, and the physiology of the human body on the one hand, and the functioning of the nervous system and social functions on the other.   


Professor Obrenović's Lecture

On Thursday, 18 December 2014, professor Joviša Obrenović (Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš) gave a lecture titled Two Brain Hemispheres, Two Types of Consciousness, One Personality?, in which he used several theoretical frameworks to discuss various aspects of lateralization of the human brain.


Professor Antović's SCOPIA Workshop

On Tuesday, 25 November 2014, professor Mihailo Antović, Head of Center for Cognitive Sciences, held a SCOPIA workshop at Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts. The workshop entitled From Concepts to Connotation: A Cognitive Linguistic Approach to Music Cognition introduced several segments of a research program conducted by the music cognition group at the Center for Cognitive Sciences in order to suggest how studies of music and language cognition may inform both theoretical and experimental work in cognitive linguistics. Video link.


Professor Dimitrijević's Lecture

On Tuesday, 4 November 2014, Professor Srboljub Dimitrijević (Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš) gave a lecture titled Cognition, Circumstances, Factors, in which he presented a number of philosophical views on the problem of cognition.

3/5/2014 – 6/5/2014

Professor Mark Turner's Visit and CogSciNiš 2014

On 3rd and 4th May 2014, The Second Cognitive Science Symposium – Workshop on Multimodal Communication was held at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš. In addition to participants from the Faculty of Philosophy in Niš, the symposium also hosted guests from Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, and the US. The event was organized by the Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Niš, in cooperation with the University of Niš, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, Embassy of the United States in Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, and the Joint Research Center of the Serbian Academy and University of Niš.

Dr Mark Turner, Professor of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University and one of the leading cognitive scientists today, opened the symposium with the plenary lecture titled Mind and the Media: Cognitive Processes of Persuasion During Virtual Interaction where he introduced a new research project that is currently under way. Among other problems, he introduced the audience to the notions of a scene of joint attention, scene of classic joint attention, and a scene of blended joint attention. The opening lecture inspired a number of questions from the audience which gave way to a fruitful discussion.

The remainder of the first day of the seminar included a video conference via Polycom with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as presentations given by participants from the University of Zagreb and University of Niš. The final talk of the day, titled Music, Language, Meaning, and Cognition: A Research Program, was given by Dr Mihailo Antović, Head of Center for Cognitive Sciences at the University of Niš.

The second day of the symposium started with the plenary lecture given by Dr Djordje Vidanović from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš, titled The Tractability of Conceptual Blending, where he discussed the problem of meaning construction at human level, especially in case where the tractability of this process is highly questionable, like with the space-time relationship in physics. The plenary lecture was followed by two consecutive sessions that included participants from the University of Athens, University of Zagreb, New Bulgarian University in Sofia, University of Niš, and University of Novi Sad.

In all, by bringing together scholars from various disciplines, some of which include cognitive science, psychology, and linguistics, the symposium provided a multidisciplinary environment for the study of various aspects of communication and meaning construction in different contexts.

Download the Workshop poster
Download the Workshop Program and Book of Abstracts

Professor Turner's visit, supported by the US Embassy in Serbia, continued on 5th and 6th May, with a number of activities. On 5th May he gave the lecture titled Speaking, Gesture, Bodily Stance: Studying Multimodal Communication in a Massive Electronic Corpus at the Faculty of Philosophy, where presented the possibilities of The Little Red Hen Lab. On 6th May, professor Turner organized a workshop on Trends in Modern Cognitive Linguistics and Latest Developments in Conceptual Blending Theory with the staff and students of the Faculty of Philosophy. The visit ended with the workshop entitled Niš, Serbia and Northeast Ohio – Possibilities for Prospective Students, held at the American Corner in Niš.

Download the Visit Poster


Dr Dušan Stamenković's Lecture

On Thursday, 20 March 2014, Dr Dušan Stamenković, Asst. Professor in the Department of English, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš, gave a lecture titled Cognitive Linguistics and the Visual Language of Comics. Stamenković presented the results of various studies related to visual language cognition, and suggested a number of possibilities for further research in this domain.


Professor Jelka Crnobrnja Isailović's Lecture

On Tuesday, 18 February 2014, Dr Jelka Crnobrnja Isailović, Professor in the Department of Biology and Ecology (Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, University of Niš) and Senior Scientist at the Institute for Biological Research "Siniša Stanković", Belgrade, gave a lecture entitled Heterogeneous Environments and the Evolution of Hominids, in which she gave an overview of evolutionary processes, paying special attention to the ways in which various changes in the environment of hominids determined their evolution. The lecture was followed by a thorough and interesting discussion.


Dr Vuk Milošević's Lecture

On Tuesday, 24 December 2013, Dr Vuk Milošević (Clinic of Neurology, Clinical Center Niš) gave a lecture entitled The Brain as a Network: Neurophysiological Methods in the Study of Cortical Functional Connectivity, in which he presented the structure of the brain as a complex system and gave an overview of various experimental methods used in contemporary research. The lecture was followed by a discussion on the issues of causality, emergence, artificial intelligence and research possibilities.


Professor Mihailo Antović's Lecture

On Thursday, 28 November 2013, professor Mihailo Antović PhD (Faculty of Philosophy, Niš; Head of Center for Cognitive Sciences) gave a lecture titled Music, Language and Cognition: In Search of Underlying Principles, in which he provided a survey of his previous and forthcoming research endeavors in the field. You can download professor Antović's papers from his website: www.mihailoantovic.com


Professor Anthony Brandt's Lecture

On Thursday, 31 October 2013, professor Anthony Brandt PhD (Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA) gave a video-link lecture titled The Science and Art of Creativity, within the programme of the Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Niš. The successful composer, professor of music theory and cognitive scientist, who obtained his PhD at Harvard, presented the basics of his own theory of creativity, based on the models proposed by David Eagleman, Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner. By presenting a set of examples from the world of fine and applied art, architecture, music and design, professor Brandt pointed at some possible abstract principles which govern creative thought, after which he answered numerous questions coming from the audience. See the poster and prof. Brandt's short bio.

Activities organized by the Cognitive Science Forum between 12/01/2011 and 15/05/2013:


Professor Boban Arsenijević's Lecture

As a part of the Cognitive Science Forum's programme for 2013, on 15 May 2013, professor Boban Arsenijević PhD (Faculty of Philosophy - University of Niš) gave a lecture titled Space in Cognition: Biological, Linguistic and AI Perspectives, which was followed by a thorough and interesting discussion.


Professor Ray Jackendoff's Lecture

On 26 April 2013, Ray Jackendoff PhD, Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy, Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, and one of the most prominent modern linguists, gave a video-link lecture within the Language, Literature, Marginalization Conference, held at the Faculty of Philosophy - University of Niš. The lecture was entitled What You Can Say with Marginal Syntax: A Hierarchy of Grammatical Complexity. Link.


Professor Branimir Todorović's Lecture

On 10 April 2013, Professor Branimir Todorović (Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, University of Niš) gave a lecture entitled Intelligent machines, Models, Learning Algorithms and Applications at the University of Niš, within the Cognitive Science Forum programme. Professor Todorović's interesting lecture contributed to the process of linking various local cognitive scientists studying different aspects of cognition.


Professor Ronnie Wilbur's Lecture

On 29 March 2013, Professor Ronnie Wilbur PhD (Purdue University) gave a lecture entitled Structure of ASL and Applications, with a special emphasis on event structure in sign languages. The lecture was organised by the Faculty of Philosophy and Cognitive Science Forum. Link.



Professor Todd Oakley's Second Visit

From 14 until 19 March 2013, Todd Oakley PhD, professor and Chair of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University, visited the University of Niš. During his visit, the renowned cognitive scientist conducted two workshops at the Faculty of Philosophy – one in cognitive linguistics (An Introduction to Construction Grammar) and one in cognitive semantics (Basic Elements of the Conceptual Blending and Integration Model). Besides this, together with Đorđe Vidanović PhD, professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and the coordinator of the Cognitive Science Forum, he gave a lecture entitled Autism and Intersubjectivity: A Report on Preliminary Research. Professor Oakley’s visit is a part of the continual cooperation between the Department of Cognitive Science (Case Western Reserve University) and the Cognitive Science Forum (University of Niš). The visit was organised by the University of Niš, the Faculty of Philosophy, the SANU Research Centre and the Cognitive Science Forum. Visit programme. Link.

Activities in 2011 and 2012