My Talk on What Makes Experiences Compelling: May 12, 2011

Mind Matters
Why You're Compelled By Certain Experiences. A Conversation with Jim Davies

May 12, 2011 | Carleton University | 6:30 p.m.

Why is it that your attention lingers on certain works of art? What makes you want to keep listening to a song, and then want to hear it again? What makes a conspiracy theory so engaging? Jim Davies has an idea.

Davies, a professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University, studies what makes certain experiences undeniably compelling. He is the director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory at Carleton and is a card-carrying member of both the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science. He is compelled by computational analogy, visual imagination, and creativity as well as the potential of the human mind.

Using concepts and examples from his forthcoming book, Davies will explain how a few key elements of human cognition explain a great deal of what we find compelling in art and ideas.

On Thursday, May 12, this outstanding Carleton researcher will deliver a special talk as part of Alumni Week 2011, an annual celebration of the outstanding achievements, lifelong connections and exceptional ideas brewing at Carleton University. For more information and a full list of events, visit

The Carleton University Alumni Association invites you to An Evening with Jim Davies.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Cognitive Science Seminar Room, 2203 Dunton Tower
Carleton University
Reception: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Presentation: 7:30 p.m.

Register in advance online.

Paid parking is available in Lot P1. (Campus map)

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