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 also a teacher of undergraduate cognitive science.

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

Presently he is collaborating with the Medical University of Graz in Austria, building a metacognitive model of introspective accuracy. In November he is speaking at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intellgence (AAAI).

Research interests
•  Metacognition
•  Cognitive modeling
•  Artificial intelligence

Conway-Smith, B., & West, R. L. (2022). System-1 and System-2 realized within the Common Model of Cognition. In AAAI Fall Symposium: Thinking Fast & Slow and Other Cognitive Theories in AI.

Conway-Smith, B., & West, R. L. (2022). Clarifying System 1 & 2 through the Common Model of Cognition. In Proceedings of ICCM 2022 20th International Conference on Cognitive Modelling. 

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

The conversation article.


AAAI 2022 Fall Symposium
Brendan travels to Virginia, U.S.A. to present a new published paper.


Class lecture: metacognition (part 1)

Class lecture: metacognition (part 2)

Class lecture: metacognition (part 3)

ICCM 2022 presentation:
Clarifying system-1 & 2 through the common model of cognition

Video lecture archive:
Theories in Cognitive Science (CGSC 2001B):

Metacognition lecture:

CogSci 2021 conference:
The proceduralization of metacognitive skills

GRADflix – 1 min. video contest:

CogSci conference 2020:
A hierarchical model of metacognition

Carleton Colloquium :

Introduction to Cognitive Modeling & ACT-R:

Brief History of Cognitive Science:


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