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Society for Philosophy
and Psychology

minding minds since 1974


42nd Annual Meeting

2-4 June 2016

University of Texas at Austin

Submission Deadline: 15 February 2016

Call for Abstracts 2016

Presentation types:

  • Presentations: 15-20 minutes plus Q&A
  • Posters

We are no longer accepting submissions for 2016. Check back next year!

Abstracts may be submitted for oral or poster presentation. Submitted abstracts are refereed and selected on the basis of quality and relevance to philosophy, psychology and cognitive science. Please submit an abstract of no more than 1500 words for oral presentations or a 750-word abstract for poster presentations. Philosophical, psychological or cognitive science research may be submitted for either of the above formats. Work that is not accepted for oral presentation may be considered for poster presentation, with the author(s) approval. Word limits apply to the body of the text including footnotes; references do not count against the word limit.

Abstracts must be written in a format appropriate for anonymous review and employ gender-neutral language. Individual authors may submit only one abstract as first author, though they may be co-authors on other submissions.

Invited Program

Susan Gelman (University of Michigan)
Joe Henrich (Harvard University)
Doug Medin (Northwestern University)
Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers University)


  • Communicating Philosophy and Psychology with Art Markman and Simine Vazire
  • Causation and Alternatives with Bob Spunt, Tobias Gerstenberg, Joshua Tennenbaum, Chris Hitchcock, and David Danks
  • Epistemology and Theory of Mind with Hyo Gweon, Jennifer Nagel, Alia Martin, and Paul Harris
  • Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics with Noah Goodman, Kathryn Davidson, Angelika Kratzer, and David Beaver
  • Prosociality and Empathy with Paul Bloom, Felix Warneken, Mina Cikara, and Jamil Zaki
  • Preconference Workshop June 1st: Transformative Experience and the Self
    Organized by Laurie Paul and Fiery Cushman

    Preconference speakers include: Dan Bartels (Northwestern), Paul Bloom & Christina Starmans (Yale), Molly Crockett & Alek Chakroff (Oxford/Boston College), Alison Gopnik (Berkeley), June Gruber & Sona Dimidjian (Colorado), Tania Lombrozo & Daniel Wilkenfield (Berkeley), Shaun Nichols & Nina Strohminger (Arizona/Yale), Kristina Olson (Washington), and Laura Schultz, Joshua Tenebaum & Tomer Ullman (MIT)

    Presidential Address by Laurie Santos
    Address by the Stanton Prize Winner, Liane Young
    William James Prize for best student submission
    Poster Prize

    Program Committee

    The SPP Program Committee Chairs for 2016 are Jonathan Phillips (Harvard University) and Liane Young (Boston College). The Local Arrangments Chair is Cristine Legare (UT Austin).

    For further information, see the meetings page. Inquiries about the meeting should be directed to the Program Committee Chairs: Jonathan Phillips ( or Liane Young ( Inquiries about the local arrangements should be directed to the Local Arrangements Chair Cristine Legare (


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