iCog 3

Sense and Space

17th-19th February 2016
Senate House, University of London

Invited speak­ers:
Barry Smith (Institute of Philosophy, University of London) (key­note)
Charles Spence (Psychology, Oxford)
Denis Mareschal (Psychology, UCL)
Hong Yu Wong (Philosophy of Neuroscience, Tübingen)
Jannath Ali (Psychology, Birkbeck)
Michael Martin (Philosophy, UCL)
Patrick Haggard (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL)
Robert Kentridge (Psychology, Durham)
Zhaoping Li (Computer Science, UCL)

Spatial per­cep­tion is ubi­quit­ous in both human and anim­al lives. It is rel­at­ively plain that vis­ion, audi­tion and touch are spa­tial senses, but the cases of olfac­tion and gust­a­tion are less clear. But even in those clear cases, it is argu­able that dif­fer­ent senses register space and spa­tial prop­er­ties in dif­fer­ent ways. For example, his­tor­ic­ally it has been argued that vis­ion is intrins­ic­ally two-dimensional and has to gain their three-dimensionality from touch (Berkeley 1709); an even more extremely view has it that touch as such lacks three-dimensionality (Hume 1739, Diderot 1749). Nowadays research­ers are more equipped to invest­ig­ate these as well as oth­er related ques­tions empir­ic­ally, but so far many of those ques­tions remain wide open. This con­fer­ence seeks to gain a deep­er under­stand­ing of spa­tial per­cep­tion in humans and oth­er animals.

Programme | Abstracts

We are grate­ful for the sup­port of the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London, University College London, the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Analysis Trust,  the Aristotelian Society, and the Mind Association.

Institute of Philosophy



The Analysis Trust

The Aristotelian Society

The Mind Association