culture and the mind: ARTEFACTS & MATERIAL CULTURE

15-17 APRIL 2011


About the Conference

ImageThis interdisciplinary conference is the third of three conferences associated with the AHRC Culture and the Mind project. The conference brings together a range of leading scholars working on cross cultural aspects of and approaches to understanding the psychological foundations of our interactions with artefacts and material culture, through artefact naming and categorization, reasoning about artefacts, norms involving artefacts including ownership norms, cultural transmission of artefact related skills and knowledge, the development of the cognitive foundations of artefacts, and also the use of artefacts by nonhuman animals.



Nurit Bird-David (Anthropology, University of Haifa)

Setting or mind-setting?: a study of a South Indian hunter-gatherer camp Abstract

Gergely Csibra (Psychology, Central European University)

Cognitive resources for learning about artefacts in human infants Abstract

Emma Flynn (Psychology, Durham University)

Investigating social learning and cultural transmission in young children Abstract

Ori Friedman (Psychology, University of Waterloo)

Principle-based Reasoning about Ownership in Young Children Abstract

Susan Gelman (Psychology, University of Michigan)

The non-obvious basis of ownership: tracing the history and value of owned objects Abstract

Robert Layton (Anthropology, Durham University)

Continuity and innovation in the transmission of traditional Chinese culture Abstract

Barbara Malt (Psychology, Lehigh University)

Naming artifacts: patterns and processes Abstract

Aimee Plourde (Philosophy, University of Sheffield)

Artefacts’ as signals of strength in political competition; a case study of landscape monuments from the Late Bronze Age Anatolian Plateau Abstract

Jamie Tehrani (Anthropology, Durham University)

Phylogenetic approaches to the transmission of material culture: current trends and future directions Abstract


The conference will take place at the Humanities Research Institute (34 Gell Street, Sheffield S3 7QW) at the University of Sheffield (see map — opens in a new window).

This conference is jointly sponsored by the UK Arts & Humanties Research Council, the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies (directed by Stephen Laurence), and the Rutgers University Research Group on Evolution and Higher Cognition (directed by Prof. Stephen Stich).