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Umeå Cognitive Science Day 2022

Time Thursday 8 December, 2022 at 10:00 - 15:00
Place MIT.A.121 on campus or via Zoom

Every autumn, a conference on Cognitive Science (Umeå Cognitive Science Day, UCSD) is organized at Umeå university with inspirational lectures for all students, alumni, faculty and others who are interested in Cognitive Science.

The conference is in English and is organized by students on the cognitive science programs at Umeå University and by the Department of Psychology. This year it will be possible to participate in the conference either on campus in room MIT.A.121 or via Zoom. We encourage everyone who can to participate on site, first come, first served! Zoom link will be presented on this page on the day of the conference.




09:45 - 10:00 Coffee

10:00 - 10:05 Welcome remarks

Annika Nordlund, Head of department at the Department of Psychology, Umeå University.


10:05-10:35 Axel Hansers - User researcher at Spotify

Axel Hansers is an alumn from the Cognitive Science program at Umeå University who is now working as a user researcher at Spotify where he attempts to understand what they can and should improve for their users. See more at  


10:45-11:15 Frida Bertilsson - Retrieval practice and its relation to individual differences in cognition and personality

Frida Bertilsson has a background in cognitive science and is now a doctoral student at the Department of Psychology. Her research project is focused on investigating the relationship between retrieval practice, cognitive abilities, and personality traits, as well as implementing retrieval practice in an authentic school environment. 


11:30-12:00 Dr. Andreas Theodorou - Responsible AI for Human Control & Societal Wellbeing

Dr. Andreas Theodorou is a researcher within the Department of Computer Science at Umeå University and the CEO of VeRAI AB. Theodorou’s research concerns artificial intelligence (AI), with the subjects ethical and social perspectives in focus. See more at 


12:00-13:00 Break for lunch


13:00-13:45 Prof. Natalie Sebanz - Understanding the mind through joint action (on Zoom)

Prof. Natalie Sebanz is a professor in cognitive science at Central European University in Vienna, Austria. She is also co-director at the Social Mind Center. Sebanz’ research focuses on social interaction and how we coordinate our actions with other people. See more at 


14:00-14:45 Prof. Nikolaus Kriegeskorte - Controversial stimuli: Optimizing experiments to adjudicate among computational hypotheses (on Zoom)

Prof. Nikolaus Kriegeskorte is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Columbia University, New York. He is also a director of cognitive imaging at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Kriegeskorte creates computational models of biological vision and compares them to human brains and behavior.

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