International summer school 2022


Humans can perceive and process not only individual objects, but much more complex structures like complex scenes, sentences and complex discourses. What enables the mind/brain to be capable of establishing relations among more basic elements? How are structures constructed or retrieved, processed, and remembered? What are the underlying neural correlates? How is complexity dealt with in machine learning?


Applicants pursue an MA or PhD degree in any discipline within the Cognitive Sciences (Psychology, Psycholinguistics, Neuroscience, Computational science, Philosophy, and related fields). This summer school will bring together young reserachers from South America, Asia, and Europe.


The summer school will take place in Heidelberg from October 3.- 13. 2022. Participants will stay at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg (IWH) , right beneath the famous Heidelberg castle.


There will be 10 keynote lectures and 3 hands-on workshops. The keynote lectures shed light on different aspects of how cognitive systems create or decompose structures.

Workshops will deal with selected methodological questions regarding the empirical basis for studying cognitive processing.

Social events will provide many opportunities to connect with researchers from around the world.

List of speakers

Prof. Jan Rummel (Cognitive self-regulation, Institute of Psychology, Heidelberg University)

"Where did your thoughts go and where should they go?: On the (adaptive) nature of the wandering mind"


Prof. Andreas Voss (Stochastic Diffusion Models, Institute of Psychology, Heidelberg University)

Applied Diffusion Model Analysis


Prof. Filip Sadlo (Visual computing group, Heidelberg University)

Visualization of Complex Structures


Dr. Johannes Gerwien (Heidelberg University Language and Cognition Lab)

Information availability and incremental sentence encoding


Prof. Alexander Gutschalk (Auditory Cognition Laboratory, Neurology Department, University Hospital Heidelberg)


Prof. Thomas Fuchs (Phenomenology, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy, Heidelberg University)

The Embodied Acquisition of Language


Prof. Christiane von Stutterheim (Institute of German as a Foreign Language Philology)

Language and Cognition - Event construal under a cross-linguistic perspective


Dr. Nikola Paillereau (Institute of Psychology, Czech Academy of Sciences)

The acquisition of the L1 mental lexicon




The summer school was made possible by members of the Field of Focus 4 Main Research Area "Cognitive Science" in cooperation with the HULC lab, CNSR, and the Section Biomagnetism at UKHD with financial support from the Heidelberg University Graduate Academy.


Summer School organizer

Dr. Johannes Gerwien