Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Location: Zoom Webinar – Registration Required Register in advance for this webinar: click here * After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar.
Speaker: Joshua Hartshorne, Ph.D.
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Boston College Host: Dr. Ev Fedorenko, Dr. Frederik Kamps
Talk title: The role of social cognition in … social cognition
Abstract: There is broad agreement that humans are equipped with domain-specific social reasoning abilities — abilities that vary independent of general intelligence. There is similarly broad agreement that these abilities play a key role in language understanding, particularly with respect to pragmatics. The evidence for the first proposal is largely anecdotal; the evidence for the latter, mostly theoretical. In both cases, the empirical evidence is remarkably thin. I describe a decade of (so far unpublished!) studies testing the two propositions. On the surface, the evidence thus far is mixed with respect to the first proposal and decidedly against the second. I argue that this suggests a rethinking of the role social reasoning plays in real-time behavior.