NeuroCoG Seminar Series: Mike Page, University of Hertfordshire, UK

on the December 14, 2018

11:00am to 1:00pm
From new learning to reconstructing what never happened (yet) 
Organized by Christopher Moulin 
On Friday 14 december 2018, from 11am to 1pm, at Amphi Jacques Cartier (Maison des langues et des cultures - Campus universitaire), NeuroCog will continue its cycle of seminars by inviting Mike Page (Joint Acting Head of Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences, Reader in Psychology, Head of Research Centre in Psychology and Sport Sciences, Director, Cube Project (, University of Hertfordshire, UK), Alexandra Ernst (LPNC) and Kourken Michaelian (PPL) for a conference entitled "from new learning to reconstructing what never happened (yet)"

11am-12am: Mike Page - Serial Recall, Hebb Effects and Word Learning
12am-12.30pm: Alexandra Ernst - What distinguishes the imagination of personal future events from imaginary and unrealistic scenarios?
12.30am-1pm: Kourken Michaelian - Confabulation: The philosophical debate
1pm : Buffet
1.15pm - 2.15pm : Discussion between NeuroCoG PhD students and Mike Page
A time of exchanges between Mike Page and the doctoral and post-doctoral students recruited by NeuroCog, will be organized from 1:15pm to 2:15.

To participate, please register by filling out the form below.


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Alexandra ERNST - LPNC - Université Grenoble Alpes alexandra_ernst

What distinguishes the imagination of personal future events from imaginary and unrealistic scenarios?

Cognitive and neuroimaging studies have shown that future thinking relies on constructive processes, which flexibly select and combine information stored in memory to create novel event representations. Research has thus far suggested that similar processes are involved in the simulation of personal future event (e.g., your next invited seminar) and purely imaginary scenarios (referred to as scene construction, e.g., lying on a beach in a tropical bay). However, our recent work on cognitive feelings and metacognitive appraisals in future thinking has started to challenge this assumption, by suggesting that future thinking involves more than scene construction. In this talk, I will present recent data on the cognitive ingredients that are necessary to make one believe that an imagined event refers to something that might happen in one’s personal future rather than a mere fantasy.

Kourken Michaelian -PPL - Université Grenoble Alpes Kourken Michaelian

Confabulation: The philosophical debate

Until recently, philosophers of memory had had relatively little to say about memory errors, contenting themselves with providing merely negative characterizations of confabulation and related errors. A pair of 2016 papers by Robins, however, touched off a lively debate between partisans of positive accounts of confabulation based on rival causal and simulation theories of memory. The talk will provide an overview of this ongoing debate, making a case for the simulationist account and emphasizing open questions pertaining to the role of failures of metacognitive monitoring in confabulation and to the relationship between confabulation and other errors.

Published on November 27, 2018

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Amphi Jacques Cartier
Maison des langues et des cultures - Campus universitaire
1141 Avenue Centrale
38400 Saint-Martin-d'Hères