2nd Workshop on Mental effort

September 9-10, 2021 (Virtual Meeting)

The schedule is now online.

Workshop Live Stream:

https://princeton.zoom.us/j/94070448316 (check your email for the password)

Virtual Poster Hall & Networking:
https://gather.town/app/c9G8cl1qxuLBXqXS/mentaleffort (check your email for the password)

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.

List of Speakers (alphabetical order)

  • Andrew Caplin (New York University)

  • Anne Collins (UC Berkeley)

  • Roshan Cools (Radboud University)

  • Thomas Goschke (TU Dresden)

  • Clay Holroyd (Ghent University)

  • Candace Raio (New York University)

  • Lynne Reder (Carnegie Mellon University)

  • Christopher Wickens (formerly University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

List of Tutorial Instructors (alphabetical order)

  • Anastasia Bizyaeva (Princeton University)

  • Laura Bustamante (Princeton University)

  • Andra Geana (Brown University)

  • Sebastian Musslick (Princeton University)

  • Mads Pedersen (University of Oslo)

  • Angela Radulescu (Mt. Sinai's Center for Computational Psychiatry)

  • Maria Wirzberger (University of Stuttgart)


The 2nd Workshop on Mental Effort is 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. We thank our sponsors for their generous support.