Workshop Mind Perspectives 2021  

Accessing Mental States: The mind from different perspectives


Submission of 800 words abstract for talk/poster: 20 August 2021 (deadline extended)

Decision of acceptance: 10 September 2021

Workshop: 10-12 November 2021 (virtual)


Accessing Mental States: The mind from different perspectives

This interdisciplinary workshop provides a space for reflecting on the more fundamental issues underlying the different approaches to others’ mental states and to present recent empirical studies related to the following questions:

  •     How are we able to obtain access to the mental from second- and third-person perspectives?
  •     Which mental states and processes are accessible without relying on a subject’s introspection?
  •     What procedures are adequate to access the mental? What do they imply for the perspectives involved?
  •     What are the major theoretical and methodological challenges we have to overcome?

Focusing on social cognition, psychiatry, and their corresponding methodologies, we explore clinical and non-clinical cases of external access to mental states and processes. The aim of the workshop is to further evaluate procedures used in clinical and non-clinical settings and to investigate their relation to the foundations of external access among human beings (such as empathy and perspective-taking).

We invite philosophical as well as empirical contributions.

Keynote speakers

  •     Prof. Lucia Melloni (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics)
  •     Prof. Leonhard Schilbach (LVR-Klinikum Düsseldorf)

One more keynote speaker is invited and will be announced after confirmation.

The workshop is a combination of short presentations (approx. 20 min), panel discussions, poster presentations, and keynote lectures.


Attendance is free of charge.


Please register online on our website with an abstract of up to 800 words (excluding references). We especially welcome submissions from postgraduate and early-career researchers as well as from women and other groups underrepresented in academia.

We offer 10-12 places for short presentations and approx. 30 places for poster presentations. After anonymous abstract review, we will group cohesive submissions and contact the authors if submissions should be presented as a poster or short presentation.

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