4th Workshop on Mental effort


Location TBD (In-Person Meeting)

4th Workshop on Mental Effort

We are currently planning the next Workshop on Mental Effort. 

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Scope and Goal

We can all feel exhausted after a day of work, even if we have spent it sitting at a desk. The intuitive concept of mental effort pervades virtually all domains of human information processing and has become an indispensable ingredient for general theories of cognition. However, inconsistent use of the term across cognitive sciences, including cognitive psychology, education, human-factors engineering and artificial intelligence, makes it one of the least well-defined theoretical constructs across fields.

The purpose of our two-day workshop is to bridge this gap by (a) offering hands-on tutorials on different computational approaches used to model mental effort and by (b) fostering discussion about the operationalization of mental effort among scientists from different research communities and modeling backgrounds.


The 3rd Workshop on Mental Effort was possible thanks to the support of the William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund which is jointly overseen by the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society, the Center for Computational Brain Science at the Carney Institute for Brain Science, as well as the Department for Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences at Brown University. We thank our sponsors for their generous support.