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Published on Thursday, November 17, 2022 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The goal of this seminar series is to discuss research coming out of the fields of cognitive science and sociology, with the hope of articulating the social and cognitive dimensions of inequalities. Are there bridges between these two fields? What are the challenges for interdisciplinary research? Although the differences between the fields of cognitive science and sociology cannot be denied, the goal of this seminar is to facilitate scientific exchange among communities of researchers interested in questions that relate to social inequality.

Announcement

Why this seminar series?

For two main reasons.

First, social factors are increasingly considered relevant in the field of cognitive science. For example, socio-economic variables, which are often associated with individual differences in cognitive development and skills, are no longer ignored or perceived as confounding variables in cognitive studies. Instead, socio-economic variables are now often treated as explanatory variables whose effects on cognition and brain function need to be better understood. This has led to the emergence of a field of research centered around the cognitive science of social inequalities over the past two decades, particularly in the US. This field is now associated with large-scale projects, for example the Baby's First Years project.

Second, although sociology is not usually considered to be a cognitive science, it has centered on cognitive processes since its foundation (for example, categories of perception, memorization, and decisions). Recently, a number of sociologists have also focused on the interactions between the cognitive and social dimensions of inequalities in areas such as education, culture, and health. For example, sociologists increasingly take into account the importance of the cognitive skills developed in different social environments, the cognitive expectations established in the school environment, and the socio-cognitive misinterpretations that may result from conflicts between these specific contextual elements and academic expectations.

What is the goal of the seminar series?

The goal is to discuss research coming out of the fields of cognitive science and sociology, with the hope of articulating the social and cognitive dimensions of inequalities. Are there bridges between these two fields? What are the challenges for interdisciplinary research? Although the differences between the fields of cognitive science and sociology cannot be denied, the goal of this seminar is to facilitate scientific exchange among communities of researchers interested in questions that relate to social inequality.

Who is behind the seminar series?

The seminar series is co-organized by Stanislas Morel, a sociologist from the Centre de Recherche Interuniversitaire Expérience Ressources Culturelles Éducation in Paris, and Jérôme Prado, a cognitive neuroscientist from the Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de Lyon in Lyon.

How do I attend?

Seminars are held in English unless indicated below.

SEMINARS FROM 4 PM to 6 PM CET

Seminars will be held online. Please complete this form to register. Zoom links and abstracts for each seminar will be sent via a Google Group mailing list. Once the list administrator has approved your registration, you will be added to the mailing list and you will receive a confirmation email.

Email addresses are not visible to individual members and will not be shared with anyone.

You only need to register once for all of the seminars. You can unsubscribe from the seminars at any time by sending an email to social-inequalities-seminar@googlegroups.com If you unsubscribe, your details and email address will be removed from the admin page.

TO REGISTER: https://forms.gle/gYoE9dWLwPZettXC9

Program

January 5

  • Muriel Darmon, Research Professor of Sociology, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France: “What is lost” and “what is regained” after stroke: a sociological approach

February 2

  • Sophie von Stumm, Professor of Psychology in Education, Department of Education, University of York, UK: The transmission of family background inequality in education

March 9

(seminar in French)

  • Mathias Millet, Professor of Sociology, Université de Poitiers, France: Socialization and cognition. For a differentialist approach to cognitive processes

April 6

  • Ecce Demir, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Iowa, USA: Sources of academic resilience: Interacting roles of biological and environmental factors in the behavioral and neural basis of academic development 

May 11

  • Joanne W. Golann, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, USA: Cultural skills and educational inequality: A sociological perspective

June 1

  • Martha J. Farah, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Natural Sciences, Center for Neuroscience & Society, University of Pennsylvania, USA: Socioeconomic status and neuroscience: A fish and a bicycle?

Places

  • Lyon, France (69)
  • Université Sorbonne Paris Nord
    Paris, France (75)

Event format

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Thursday, January 05, 2023
  • Thursday, February 02, 2023
  • Thursday, March 09, 2023
  • Thursday, April 06, 2023
  • Thursday, May 11, 2023
  • Thursday, June 01, 2023

Keywords

  • inequality, social science, cognitive science, interdisciplinarity, education, health, culture

Contact(s)

  • Morel Stanislas
    courriel : stanislasmorel2003 [at] yahoo [dot] fr

Information source

  • Morel Stanislas
    courriel : stanislasmorel2003 [at] yahoo [dot] fr

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« Toward an integrative cognitive science of social inequalities », Seminar, Calenda, Published on Thursday, November 17, 2022, https://calenda.org/1031542

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