Brendan Conway-Smith


Brendan is a PhD student at the Department of Cognitive Science at Carleton and a member of the Cognitive Modeling Lab.

He 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
•  Cognitive neuroscience

Read his masters’ thesis:
Clarifying Metacognition Through Computational Modeling

Watch a presentation of his research:

GradFlix contest  –  2021

A Hierarchical Model of Metacognition  –  CogSci 2020

Carleton Colloquium  –  “Modeling Metacognition”

Introduction to Cognitive Modeling & ACT-R

History of Cognitive Science


Publications include:

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.


Brendan is the winner of the 2018 TA award for excellence.
He is the creator of the cognitive science logo:

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