Summer School | "Cognition, Art, and Culture"

26.08.2016 - 02.09.2016

Univie: summer school in Cognitive Science

Organized by the Cognitive Science Research Platform, University of Vienna in cooperation with the IAEA - International Society of Emprical Aesthetics

For more information see the homepage of the summer school


The “Cognitive Turn” – initiated in Psychology and Computer Science – has reached the Social Sciences and Humanities that traditionally study art and culture. The new encounter of academic disciplines poses challenges for researchers, teachers and students. At the first glance incompatible conceptualizations of the objects of investigation and differences in applied methodologies (quantitative vs. qualitative) require skills in interdisciplinary scientific communication.

The Univie: summer school in Cognitive Science will bring together scholars from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and art history, to explore the new paradigms of empirical aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, cognitive science and empirical methods (fMRI, Eye Tracking, Facial EMG) in theory and practice. It is addressed to PhD students of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend key-note lectures and workshops with the leading researchers of the international congress of the IAEA 2016.

Excursions to important institutions in Vienna like e.g. Belvedere, Museum of Applied Arts, Austrian Institute for Artificial Intelligence or Angewandte Innovation Laboratory will round off this inspiring late summer experience.


  • Anjan Chatterjee (University of Pennsylvania, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience; Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital)
  • Paul Hekkert (Delft University of Technology, Faculty Industrial Design Engineering)
  • Helmut Leder (University Vienna, Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods, Faculty of Psychology)
  • Markus Peschl (University Vienna, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy and Education)
  • Raphael Rosenberg (University Vienna, Department of Art History)
  • Natalie Sebanz (Central European University Budapest, Department of Cognitive Science)
  • Gabrielle Starr (New York University, Department of English)
  • Special Guest: Stefan Sagmeister (graphic designer, Sagmeister&Walsh, New York City)

What we offer

  • A seven days program with international speakers
  • Access to key notes at the IAEA 2016 congress
  • Networking opportunities at the social events of IAEA 2016
  • Excursions
  • Assistance in organizational matters concerning your stay
  • 6 ECTS

Department of Art History

University of Vienna
Universitätscampus Hof 9
Spitalgasse 2
A-1090 Vienna