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 teacher of undergraduate cognitive science.

Brendan recently spoke at the 1st Meta-Reasoning Conference in Jerusalem. In November he presented at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).  Presently he is building a metacognitive model for the Medical University of Graz, in Austria.

Brendan received an MA in cognitive science from Carleton (2020). His MA thesis focused on computationally modeling metacognition. His current PhD thesis focuses on a computational account of metacognitive skill.

Research interests
•  Metacognition
•  Cognitive modeling
•  Artificial intelligence


Conway-Smith, B., & West, R. L. (In Press 2023). Metacognitive threshold: a computational account. In Proceedings of ICCM 2023, 21st International Conference on Cognitive Modelling.

Conway-Smith, B., West, R. & Mylopoulos, M. (2023). Metacognitive skill: how it is acquired. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

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.


Metacognitive skill; how it is acquired
Brendan presents new publication

TEDx 2022
Metacognition: an important skill for modern times

Meta-Reasoning and the Influence of Culture
Brendan presents at the 1st Meta-reasoning conference in Jerusalem.

AAAI 2022 Fall Symposium
Brendan presents a paper published at AAAI in Virginia, U.S.A.

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