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Francesca Bonalumi successfully defended her dissertation on commitment!

September 28, 2022

Francesca Bonalumi has successfully defended her PhD dissertation on the 26th of September, with Ira Noveck (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and Patricia Kanngeiser (University of Plymouth) as her external examiners. Below is the "flyer" for the event:


Monday 26 September, 2pm

The Department of Cognitive Science

cordially invites you

to the public defense of the PhD thesis

The credibility of denials: poster presentation at XPrag 2022

September 24, 2022

Francesca Bonalumi and Belma Bumin presented their experimental work on plausible deniability, that they ran in cooperation with Thom Scott-Phillips and Christophe Heintz. Their experiment investigate how people react to denials in different situations. They presented labels to participants in which a protagonist denied having meant what was understood by the audience. They varied whether the protagonist had incentive to lie or not.

Pragmatics of Graphs and Charts: poster presentation at XPrag 2022

September 24, 2022

Francesca Bonalumi, Ákos Szegőfi and Christophe Heintz (from the ACES), and Liangqi Li and Nausicaa Pouscoulous (from UCL) have presented their findings on the “Pragmatics of Graph” at the XPrag 2022 Conference in Pavia, Italy, on the 22nd-23rd of September. Their experiment show that graphs are interpreted in view of the context in which they occur. This, they argue, suggest that people deploy similar pragmatic processes when they interpret graphs as they do when they interpret verbal communication.

Talk on the evolution of communication at Jcole 22

September 10, 2022

Christophe Heintz gave a talk at the Joint Conference on Language Evolution. 

Relevance Theory is based on the idea that interpretation of communicative stimuli is driven by the presumption of relevance. Christophe presented a theoretical proof that this presumption  could have evolved: it has adaptive value in the social ecology of partner choice.

The puzzle of great ape gestures: poster presentation at the Joint Conference of Language Evolution

September 10, 2022

Thom Scott-Phillips and Christophe Heintz presented their poster on great ape gestures at the Joint Conference on Language Evolution, on the 5th-8th of September. They argue that great ape gestures are best understood on the Ladyginian level of intentionality, where the animal is capable of intentionally manipulating the listener’s attention towards their own intention, but they do not intentionally make their informative intentions overt. The poster can be found below.

Mia at her graduation ceremony

August 31, 2022

This summer, Mia attended her graduation ceremony and officially received her PhD degree with great and well deserved fanfare.

Paper alert! Institutions of epistemic vigilance !

August 31, 2022

Institutions of Epistemic Vigilance: The Case of the Newspaper Press is finally published in Social Epistemology

In our paper, we argue that the need for reliable information boosts the cultural evolution of information curating methods and ultimately (but not necessarily) leads to the creation of institutions of epistemic vigilance.

Preprint on animal communication

April 22, 2022

New preprint from Thom Scott-Phillips and Christophe Heintz:  'Animal communication in linguistic perspective'.

It is a review of the literature on animal communication. We focus on homologies (shared ancestry) and analogies (similar features & function, not shared ancestry) as ways to understand better animal communication. We contrast:

Lange Nacht der Forschung

April 22, 2022

We will participate to the Lange Nacht der Forschung, on 20.5.2022, at the CEU campus.

We will explain our research to whoever wants to know and present some of our experimental games.

Institutions of epistemic vigilance: preprint

April 21, 2022

Our pre-print titled 'Insitutions of Epistemic Vigilance: the case of the newspaper press' is uploaded on Philpapers: