- Conference Abstracts are now available in ebook format.
- The full conference programme is now available.

On the 3rd of July 2012 there will be a wine reception and Phil Johnson-Laird FRS will give the opening Key Note address at 1800.

All seven Plenary Keynote Addresses will be available live through this web site.
More information on ICT 2012 live stream video.
The video of the presentation will also be available after the live broadcast.

Conference Programme

Programme at a Glace
Wednesday, July 4th
Thursday, July 5th
Friday, July 6th
Full Programme
Full Programme Booklet (PDF)
MIND & SOCIETY has a special issue on DUAL PROCESSES that is available free on-line during the conference.

The journal Thinking and Reasoning has publish a special issue on Reasoning and Argumentation, guest edited by Ulrike Hahn and Jos Hornikx, which is free to access online during the conference.

Travel to the Conference

The easiest way to get to Birkbeck College and the Conference venues is by tube and walking.
The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Goodge Street.
In the map below the rooms that are in use are in Buildings 1 and 2.

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  1. is Malet Street Building its main entrance is on Torrington Square;
  2. is Clore Management Centre also on Torrington Square.

The map below provides more details.

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The links below provide maps to the floors where the conference will take place.
- Basement of Main building.
- Ground Floor Main Building.

International Conference on Thinking 2012

The 7th International Conference on Thinking will take place on the 4th to 6th July 2012 at Birkbeck College and University College London focusing on the most recent research on thinking from psychological, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience perspectives. The previous 6th ICT was held in Venice in 2008 and was part of a four yearly series that started in Aberdeen in 1988 (1992: Plymouth; 1996: UCL; 2000: Durham; 2004: Leuven; 2008: Venice). There will be three full days of conference presentations taking place in the historic city of London just before it hosts the 2012 Olympics. So along with London’s usual attractions, participants will be able to tour the Olympic sites in Stratford, where Birkbeck College is about to open a second centre.

Senate House University of London, view from Birkbeck College

Papers and Posters

The primary medium for dissemination of your research at this conference is the Open conference paper. We will also accept Poster presentations. To submit a paper or poster you need to create an account by going to the Submit page, you will then be directed to the submission instructions (this is also the case for Symposia submissions).


There will be symposia on following topics but participants are also invited to propose their own symposia:

Symposium Key Note Speakers

The organisers feel strongly that the role of this event should be to bring on new researchers early in their careers who are making novel and exciting contributions to the field. To meet this goal, they have decided on the innovative proposal that half day symposia should include a Symposium Key Note Speaker, who would typically be considered as an early career researcher. The conference will make a small bursary available to help these speakers with their expenses. Symposium Key Note Speakers will not address the whole conference but will be given substantially more time to speak (40 minutes).

Keynote Speakers:

  • Maya Bar-Hillel
    The Hebrew University, Israel
  • Jonathan Evans
    University of Plymouth, UK
  • Chris Frith FRS
    University College London, UK
  • Keith Holyoak
    University of California Los Angeles, USA
  • Phil Johnson-Laird FRS
    Princeton University, USA
  • Dan Sperber
    Central European University, Budapest
  • Josh Tenenbaum
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Please remember that the Olympics 2012 starts in London 3 weeks after the conference and you would be advised to book hotels and flights well in advance.