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					                                                      EU: NEST Pathfinder Programme
                                                          “What it means to be human”



SEDSU                                    Stages in the evolution and development of sign use




     SEDSU Workshop at the Novartis Foundation, London

                               6 - 7 December 2007

                                   London, UK



                                  PROGRAMME


                               The Novartis Foundation
                                  41 Portland Place
                                 London W1B 1BN
                                         UK


The workshop is organized by the coordinating institution of the SEDSU project:
Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK


Research partners in the SEDSU project include:
CNRS, Marseille, France
University of Portsmouth, UK
MPI-EVA, Leipzig, Germany
Lund University, Sweden
ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy
                              Thursday, 6th December 2007

09:00         Jules Davidoff                   Introduction to the SEDSU project
              (Goldsmiths, London)

Session 1: Developmental aspects of sign use

09:30         Judy DeLoache                    Becoming Symbol-Minded
              (University of Virginia)

10:30         Coffee break

11:00 -12:30 Chair: Göran Sonesson (Lund)
11:00        Pam Heaton                        What does the study of children with
             (Goldsmiths, London)              disorders of development tell us about sign
                                               use

              Christine Deruelle               Processing of pictorial displays by autistic
              (CNRS, Marseille)                people
12:00         Discussion

12:30-14:00   Lunch break


Session 2: Phylogeny of sign use

14:00         Juan Carlos Gómez                The evolution of referential cognition:
              (University of St Andrews)       comparative perspectives on the emergence
                                               of signs
15:00         Joël Fagot                       Processing of pictorial 2D displays by
              (CNRS, Marseille)                nonhuman primates

15:30         Coffee break

16:00-18:30 Chair: Juan Carlos Gómez (University of St Andrews)
16:00        Carole Parron (CNRS, Marseille) Baboons’ perception of iconic pictures

              Elsa Addessi (ICST-CNR,          Symbolic use of tokens in capuchin
              Rome)                            monkeys (Cebus apella)?

                                               Capuchins use symbolic artefacts
              Patrizia Poti (ICST-CNR, Rome)
                                               A comparative analysis of perceptual
              Giovanna Spinozzi (ICST-CNR,     grouping processes in humans (Homo
              Rome)                            sapiens) and monkeys (Cebus apella)

17:30-18:30   Discussion
                               Friday, 7th December 2007


Session 3: Cross-cultural and cross-linguistic aspects of sign use

09:00         James Hurford                      What makes us human is not so much the
              (Edinburgh)                        content of our minds as our willingness to
                                                 share it.
10:00         Jules Davidoff                     Attentional and linguistic constraints in
              (Goldsmiths, London)               cognition

10:30         Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Chair: James Hurford (Edinburgh)
11:00        Chris Sinha                         When time is not space
             (Portsmouth)

              Vasu Reddy                         Adult directives and infant compliance
              (Portsmouth)                       across cultures
12:00         Discussion

12:30-14:00   Lunch break


Session 4: Sign use and social cognition

14:00         Gergely Csibra                     Infants' interpretation of indexical referential
              (Birkbeck, London)                 signals

15:00         Josep Call                         A comparative view on relating imitation to
              (MPI-EVA, Leipzig)                 communicative gestures

15:30-16:00   Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Chair: Josep Call (MPI-EVA, Leipzig)
16:00        Ingar Brinck                      Gaze, pointing and verbal reference: Some
             (Lund)                            essential differences

              Jordan Zlatev                      From proto-mimesis to language
              (Lund)
17:00         Discussion
17:30-18:30   General Discussion “Sign use and What does it mean to be human?”



Registration free.
Attendance by invitation.

				
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