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Society for the Cognitive Science of Culture (SCSC)

SCSC was founded on 22 June 2018 in Lisbon (Portugal).


Traditional cognitive science has largely ignored cultural influences on cognition and has also pre-dominantly concentrated on a group of people who are not particularly representative of the world’s population as a whole, namely WEIRDpeople (Western, Educated, Industrial, Rich, Democratic). Yet, today, we have an increasing amount of empirical and theoretical work that emphasizes cultural and social influences on mind and brain, including through bodily modulations. An increasing number of researchers believe that cognitive science cannot ignore culture as a crucial factor impacting mental processes and brain functioning. A focus on individuals and their experiences in cultural environments has become more and more important. This approach has emerged in all fields that have been associated with cognitive science, from neuroscience to philosophy of mind.

We believe it is indispensable to look at different cultures and diverse participant populations so that we can understand what kind of findings from the mostly Western research body generalize (or not) to diverse populations and across cultures. We want to explore, for example, how cultural inventions like written words, numbers, music, and belief systems shape the mind and brain from the beginning of our lives and through exposure to cultural objects across the lifecycle. We welcome contributions from all these fields of research.This society aims to encourage discussion of the latest developments in the cognitive science of culture, to provide a platform for exchanging ideas, and a network to foster collaborations among interested researchers. We particularly encourage research involving non-WEIRD participant populations. We want to understand the human mind (and not just the minds of Western undergraduates) and how cultural objects (e.g., literacy; religion), including those within culture at macro-level, can shape the human brain and mind. We especially encourage participation by researchers from all parts of the world. Another important aim of the society is public outreach, for instance, to promote the application of research findings for the greater good of humanity.

Founding Members

Carmit Altman (Bar-Ilan University, Israel),

Susana Araújo (University of Lisbon, Portugal),

Sharon Armon-Lotem (Bar-Ilan University, Israel),

Veeky Baths (Bits-Pilani University Goa, India),

Michal Ben-Shachar (Bar-Ilan University, Israel),

Gal Ben-Yehudah (Open University of Israel),

Tali Bitan (University of Haifa, Israel),

Silvia Brem (University of  Zürich, Switzerland),

Sao Luis Castro (University of Porto, Portugal),

Peter Daniels (Independent Scholar, US),

Tamar Degani (University of Haifa, Israel),

Jon Andoni Duñabeitia (Nebrija University, Spain),

Zohar Eviatar (University of Haifa, Israel),

Laurie Feldman (State University of New York at Albany, US) ,

Tânia Fernandes (University of  Lisbon, Portugal),

Naama Friedmann (Tel Aviv University, Israel),

Falk Huettig (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands),

Asaid Khateb (University of Haifa, Israel),

Régine Kolinsky (Free University of Brussels, Belgium),

Hamutal Kreiner (Ruppin Academic Center, Israel),

Thomas Lachmann (University of Kaiserslautern, Germany),

Nira Mashal (Bar-Ilan University, Israel),

Ramesh Mishra (University of Hyderabad, India),

José Morais (Free University of Brussels, Belgium),

John Myhill (University of Haifa, Israel),

Joao Batista Oliveira (Alfa e Beto Institute, Brazil),

Prakash Padakannaya (University of Mysore, India),

Lekhnath Pathak (Tribhuvan University Kathmandu, Nepal),

Orna Peleg (Tel Aviv University, Israel),

Manuel Perea (University of Valencia , Spain),

Anat Prior (University of Haifa, Israel),

Alexandra  Reis (University of Algarve, Portugal),

Dave Roberts (Independent Scholar, Togo),

Elinor Saiegh-Haddad (Bar-Ilan University, Israel),

David Share (University of Haifa, Israel),

Mila Schwartz (University of Haifa, Israel),


Lisbon Founding Meeting (2018)

Founding workshop: Literacy: An acculturation of the brain




Haifa Meeting (2019)

Haifa workshop: Literacy and Writing systems: Cultural, Neuropsychological, and Psycholinguistic Perspectives




Goa Meeting (2020)

The next SCSC workshop will be held at BITS Pilani University in Goa (India) from 3 to 7 February 2020 and hosted by Veeky Baths (BITS Pilani University Goa), Ramesh Mishra (University of Hyderabad), Falk Huettig (Max Planck & Radboud University Nijmegen)

Link to workshop website


Brazil Meeting (2021)

The 2021 SCSC workshop will be held in or near Petropolis (Brazil).

Organizing committee:

Marcus Maia (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

Bruna Franchetto (National Museum/UFRJ)

Chang Whan (Museum of the Indigenous Peoples/UNESCO)

Eloisa Pilatti (University of Brasilia)

Stella Telles (Federal University of Pernambuco)

Régine Kolinsky (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Falk Huettig (Max Planck & Radboud University Nijmegen)