Talk on how joint history facilitates coordination at IS2022

October 14, 2022
Liubov Voronina gave a talk at the International Multiconference Information Society.

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.