CogniTalks 2020 will discuss correlation of music, comics and animal welfare with cognition


Gandhinagar: The Centre for Cognitive Science at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) is going to host the next edition of its annual event CogniTalks on February 07, 2020. Organised every year with an aim to expand the horizons to learn about cognition through experts from diverse fields, CogniTalks 2020 will have an ecologist, neuropsychologist, musician and a cartoonist in an exciting lineup.

The experts will put forth their views on different subjects that influence human cognition. Abi Tamim Vanak, an Ecologist from ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment), Bangalore, will talk about ‘Misplaced Compassion: Dogs, rabies, and animal welfare in India’; Shantala Hegde, a Neuropsychologist from National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), will discuss about ‘Musical notes to neural plasticity’; Argha Manna, a Science journalist at ABP and a Comics Artist, will give a talk on ‘Challenging the linguistic: Determinism in science through comics’; and Ritesh Khokhar, a Musician from Rockschool Ltd., will talk about ‘Practice of music teaching & performance’. The talks will begin at 2 pm at IITGN campus, AB 1/201.

Understanding human cognition is increasingly becoming vital in modern science, technology, art and design. New technologies are beginning to incorporate principles of how we perceive the world, learn and remember information, make decisions and interact with the environment. This innovative event aims to bring together experts from different fields to interact and discuss how humans think and act. Students and academics from NID, NIFT, IIM, DAIICT and other neighbouring institutes are also invited to this event.

The Centre for Cognitive Science at IITGN conducts teaching and research in the field of human cognition and behaviour. The faculty members work on cutting-edge problems like visual perception, hand movements, neuromarketing, embodied cognition and social cognition.

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