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MINDLab workshop on “Information and Predictability in Social Interactions“


April 25th 2013
Aarhus University, Interacting Minds Centre
Jens Chr. Skous Vej, building 1483, 3rd floor

The quantitative investigation of social interactions is an increasingly pressing item on the scientific agenda. Cognitive sciences are experimentally probing the crucial role that social interactions play in the way people think and solve problems in real life settings. Neurocognitive approaches are struggling to develop methods and technologies to capture the neural activations of two or more interacting participants. Simulation approaches and big data analyses are showing ways in which many local interactions can give rise to social institutions and large scale phenomena that we can observe in the real world.

However, the investigation and quantification of social interactions poses conceptual and methodological issues: Which are the most appropriate levels of description? What do we gain by shifting level of description from individuals' behaviours to patterns of interaction? How can we disentangle individual behaviours, locally emerging patterns of interaction and global norms and constraints which spread across interactions?

This method-workshop has two aims:

  1. to share ideas, issues and methods between researchers trying to develop models and experimental quantifications of social interactions
  2. to foreground the notions of information and predictability which are implicit in many studies of social interactions, as well as their methodological consequences.


09:45-11:00 Simon DeDeo (Santa Fe institute) - Decision-Making and Information Flows in Social Systems

11:15-12:30 Dan Mønster (Aarhus University) - Convergent Cross Mapping: a new Tool for Analyzing Social Interactions

13:30-14:45 Riccardo Fusaroli & Kristian Tylén (Aarhus University) - Testing models of linguistic interactions

15:00-16:15 Veronica Ramenzoni (Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen) & Fariba Karimi (Umeå University) - Structural Differences between Open and Direct Communication in an Online Community

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Riccardo Fusaroli
FKK & Eurocores Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Semiotics - Institute of Aesthetics and Communication Interacting Minds - Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University

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