Research Facilitation Agreement (2016-2024)

Relating to the collaboration on a research project in Cognitive Science, entitled: How the human mind makes use of contraries in everyday life.

Participating parties:

UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI MACERATA (ITALY),
UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA (ITALY),
LUND UNIVERSITY (SWEDEN),
LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY (UK),
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE (UK),
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA (USA),
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (USA)

The object of the present Agreement is to establish the framework for activities and relations necessary for the joint action of the Parties and for their collaboration on a research project entitled “How the human mind makes use of contraries in everyday life. A new multidimensional approach to contraries in perception, language, reasoning and emotions.”
The research project aims to study in detail the role and behavior of contraries in various cognitive functions in order to extend the body of research on which a proposal for a general cognitive theory of opposition can be based. The project consists of five lines of action: I) CONTRARIES AND PERCEPTUAL PROCESSES; II) CONTRARIES AND PROBLEM SOLVING; III) CONTRARIES AND LANGUAGE; IV) CONTRARIES AND EMOTIONS and IV) METHODOLOGICAL ASPECTS IN THE FORMALIZATION AND MODELING OF CONTRARIES.

The Parties agree to conduct scientific cooperation programs; to develop teaching and research projects between the parties; to promote the organization of workshops; to organize international conferences; to publish their joint work in international high quality outlets; to promote exchanges between senior researchers and between postgraduate students (in the case of the master’s course, doctoral and postdoctoral students working on the themes of the project).
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As far as the present Agreement is concerned, the parties stipulate the following legal addresses for notifications and the following Principal investigators:

Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici (Sezione Filosofia e Scienze Umane)
Università di Macerata
Corso Cavour, 2
Macerata, 62100
Italy
Principal investigator: Ivana Bianchi
Additional investigator for opposites and doctor-patient communication: Ricardo Pietrobon (Duke University)

Dipartimento di Filosofia, Pedagogia e Psicologia
Università di Verona
Lungadige Porta Vittoria 17,
Verona, 37129
Italy
Principal investigators: Ugo Savardi, Roberto Burro

Centre for Languages and Literature
Lund University
Box 201
Lund, SE-221 00
Sweden
Principal investigator: Carita Paradis
Additional investigator for opposites and humour: Rachel Giora (Tel Aviv University)

School of Psychology,
University of Central Lancashire,
Preston, PR1 2HE
Lancashire, UK
Principal investigator: Linden Ball

School of Psychology
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 7ZA
United Kingdom
Principal investigator: Marco Bertamini

Department of Psychology
University of Virginia,
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4400
Virginia, USA
Principal investigator: Michael Kubovy

Visual Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3405 Woodland Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6125
Principal investigator: Ian Verstegen