Models in science and cognition reading group

Discussing models and modelling, especially in relation to human cognition

Models in science and cognition [MiSC] probes the role and nature of modelling in scientific theory and practice. The group unites researchers from various fields to bring multiple perspectives to bear on models and modelling, particularly in human cognition. Many of us are interested in models, and many of us are modellers: MiSC exists to sharpen our understanding of what models are and how models could be used (or not used).

Topics include:

  • What is a model, and what do we do with one? How do models relate to data, and what are the best rules for creating them?
  • How do you compare models of a system across different levels of explanation, and when is a computational model successful?

Examples of successful or interesting models may also feature, with an emphasis on cognitive/perceptual/linguistic modelling.

Time and place

We meet fortnightly on Wednesdays 4.30pm - 5.30pm. Please contact the organiser (below) for venues.


If you are interested in the greater topic of modelling, the core issues outlined above, or indeed just who is a modeller, please email Jag Williams. We'll be delighted to have you!

Jag Williams