Brendan Conway-Smith

Brendan is a PhD candidate at the Department of Cognitive Science at Carleton and a member of the Cognitive Modeling Lab. He is a contract instructor of cognitive science to undergraduates, and a contributor to The Conversation.

Brendan received an MA in cognitive science from Carleton (2020). His thesis focused on computational modeling of metacognition.

His research interests:
•  Metacognition
•  Cognitive modeling
•  Philosophy of cognition
•  Neuroscience

Masters’ thesis:
Clarifying Metacognition Through Computational Modeling

Lecture videos: “Theories in Cognitive Science” (CGSC 2001B):

He is the winner of the 2018 TA award for excellence,
and the creator of the cognitive science logo



Conway-Smith, B., & West, R. (2021). The Proceduralization of Metacognitive Skills. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (Vol. 43, No. 43).

Conway-Smith, B., & West, R. (2020). A hierarchical model of metacognition. BT – Proceedings of the 42th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2020.

West, R. L., & Conway-Smith, B. (2019). A Computational Theory of Feeling. Proceedings of ICCM 2019 17th International Conference on Cognitive Modelling, 295-300.

Conway-Smith, B., & West, R. (2019). Metacognitive Modeling; using cognitive modeling to clarify philosophical metacognitive concepts. BT – Proceedings of the 41th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2019.


Metacognition lecture:

CogSci 2021 conference:

1 minute video contest:

CogSci conference 2020:

Carleton Colloquium :

Introduction to Cognitive Modeling & ACT-R:

Brief History of Cognitive Science: