Sixth edition of the Cognitive Science Arena (CSA). Brixen-Bressanone (Italy) the 23-24th February 2018.

Dear colleague,

we are pleased to invite you to the sixth edition of the Cognitive Science Arena (CSA). The conference will be held in Brixen-Bressanone (Italy) the 23-24th February 2018.

The aim of CSA is to set a conference where young scientists can disseminate their scientific contributions in a friendly and cooperative environment with the participants challenging the scientist in a fruitful debate. In particular, highly innovative research ideas as well as “in progress” research are encouraged.

Topics include (but are not limited to) all area (and surroundings) of cognitive science: for example, developmental cognition and education, language, memory, perception, psychometrics, anthropology, economics and social sciences, neuroscience, clinical psychology, animal cognition, etc.

This year we will host an invited talk by *Rolf Zwaan* (Professor of Biological and Cognitive Psychology at the Institute of Psychology of Erasmus University Rotterdam) on “Making Replication Mainstream”. The talk is scheduled for Saturday at the end of the afternoon session.

*PADLET: A NEW VERSATILE TOOK FOR SHARING SUGGESTIONS AND IDEAS* Starting from this year CSA will introduce the padlet for discussion! Padlet ( is an online virtual “bulletin” board. We will use it to organize a virtual blackboard where you can write (anonymously or not: you decide!) questions, comments, criticisms, etc. while the speaker is giving is talk.

The key-ideas of CSA are the following:
[1] works by young scientists only (students, doctoral students and post-doctoral students, researchers with a fixed-term contract...);
[2] long time for each speaker: 15 minutes talk + 10 minutes discussion;
[3] "You will never talk alone" poster-session with dedicated time for each poster;
[4] "Short-talks for posters": poster presenters are asked to prepare a three-minutes talk (with powerpoint-like presentation) that summarizes and introduces the audience to the content of the poster.
[5] "Verba volant, scripta manent" (aka, several anonymous reviewers): at the end of each talk and poster, attendees can write comments, criticisms and suggestions to the speaker. Comments are delivered to the  speaker at the end of the talk (or poster) session;
[6] in progress and high-risk research are welcome!

Types of contribution: talks and posters
CSA is accepting two types of contributions: talks and posters. Talks are regular talks of 15 minutes followed by a 10 minutes discussion. The poster session is divided in two moments. In the first day of the conference poster presenters are asked to give a three minutes talk that introduces the audience to the content of the talk. The following day takes place the “you will never talk alone poster session” with regular posters and dedicated time and discussion for each poster presented in day one. A note for participants: this type of poster session (i.e., short talk plus regular poster) is strongly recommended for in progress or research ideas (i.e., research that has no data yet).

Abstracts submission
Participants willing to present a contribution at CSA must submit an abstract through the conference website (please, specify "talk" or "poster" when submitting). Abstracts will be selected on the basis of the principle "first come first served" until slots for  talks and posters will be available. In the case the number of submissions exceeds availability, the scientific committee will operate a selection among the received contributions. *Abstract can be submitted starting from the 13/12/2017 12:00 to the 12/01/2018 23:59 CET (deadline)*. The authors of the selected abstracts will be email-notified within one week after submission deadline, and will be asked to confirm their participation by replying to our email (those who will not reply in the due time, will be excluded from the final program).

Spirit and mood
The idea of CSA is to reverse the usual format of scientific conferences. Young researchers first: they play the starring role (no talks or posters from senior researchers are allowed), they compete for a prize for the best talk and poster voted by the audience. We would like to bring together young and promising minds now working in cognitive science and to provide them with a fruitful and cooperative environment.

Registration fees
- 10 euros registration fee is asked to presenters of talks and posters. The fee has to be paid after the deadline, as soon as the participant is acknowledged about the selection of the contribution; this fee (introduced this year) is a deposit and a commitment to participate at CSA with your contribution.
- 50 euro is asked to tenured researchers;
- no fee is asked for students, doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers that attend to the conference without presenting any contribution. The fees will be used to cover part (or all) of the conference expenses.

“Valiant" and "Painter" awards 2018
During the conference, the audience votes for the best CSA talk and poster. At the end of the conference, the best speaker and the best poster presenter will receive a certificate and a monetary award.

The official language of CSA is English.

Social events
CSA includes two social events. We hope to arrange once again the sleigh ride (usually held the first evening of the meeting: be prepared!) and for the "Cheers, cheese & wine" buffet at the end of the conference.

A tip for all
Brixen is well known ski-resort. Enjoy this chance (if snow would allow it) and come to the conference snow-equipped.

Suggested accommodations
- Youth hostel:
- Cusanus Academie:

How to get to CSA:
The closest airports are Innsbruck (INN) and Verona (VRN). The city of Brixen-Bressanone is along the railway line connecting the two cities (see maps here:

Conference website
More information, abstract submission and registration forms can be found here:

Contacts & info: <>

The organisers:
Demis Basso: <>
Chiara Begliomini:
Massimo Grassi: <>
Manila Vannucci:

Supporting institutions:
- Faculty of Education, UniBZ
- Department of General Psychology, UniPD
- Associazione Italiana di Psicologia - Sezione Sperimentale
- Centre for Applied Cognitive Neuroscience (CeNCA)

Feel free to forward this call to other colleagues of yours that may be interested.

See you in Brixen!
The CSA team