Integrating the Study of Mind, Brain, Behavior, and Language

Our aim is to represent a leading center for the multidisciplinary study of mind, brain, behavior, and language - including such phenomena as perception, thinking, learning, memory, attention, action, personality, speech, language processing, and linguistic structure. The department examines the functional organization of these capacities, the representational and computational processes that underlie them, their neural bases, their development across the lifespan, and how they shape individual and social behavior. (See more...)

 

Using electrophysiology & optogenetics to probe memory. Which variables influence control over learning and action? How do we integrate higher-order cognitive processes & actions? How do we select an appropriate action, given our goals? Using an immersive virtual environment to test perception & action. How do people decide to blame others for their behavior? Searching for memory. How do we make decisions and learn from experience? A stroke leads to resolution of foreign accent syndrome. New software automatically identifies behaviors of laboratory mice.

Upcoming Events

  • Perception Action Seminar Series Download Perception Action Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    December 1, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Lecture Series. Speaker: Kevin Rio, Ph.D. '14, Microsoft. Title: Applying Psychophysics to User Experience: Case Studies from Windows. http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events > Other location: see description for details Dept: CLPS, First Years, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, For Masters candidates only, For PhD candidates only, Audience, Brain Science Program, Biology and Medicine, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Staff, Postdocs, Departments, Seminars
  • LingLangLunch Seminar Series Download LingLangLunch Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    December 1, 2016 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Lecture Series. Speaker: Peter Alrenga, Boston University. Title: At least and at most: Ignorance and variation in focus. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME AND LOCATION CHANGE OF THIS TALK - 2:30 p.m. in Metcalf 230 http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events > Other location: see description for details Dept: CLPS, First Years, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, For Masters candidates only, For PhD candidates only, Audience, Brain Science Program, Biology and Medicine, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Faculty, Postdocs, Departments, Seminars
  • Social Cognitive Science Seminar Series Download Social Cognitive Science Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    December 2, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: Thalia Wheatley, Dartmouth College. Title: How we connect: From shared experience to social networks http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Bldg, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, First Years, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, For PhD candidates only, Audience, Brain Science Program, Biology and Medicine, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Faculty, Postdocs, Departments, Seminars
  • Cognition Seminar Series - CANCELLED TODAY Download Cognition Seminar Series - CANCELLED TODAY to my desktop calendar

    December 2, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM THIS TALK WILL BE RESCHEDULED. Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: Apoorva Bhandari, Brown University. Title: Learning and transfer of working memory gating policies http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Bldg, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, First Years, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, For Masters candidates only, For PhD candidates only, Audience, Brain Science Program, Biology and Medicine, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Faculty, Postdocs, Departments, Seminars
  • Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Lecture Series Download Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Lecture Series to my desktop calendar

    December 7, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Speaker: Gerry Altman, University of Connecticut. Title: The challenges of event cognition: Object representation at the interface of episodic and semantic memory. Abstract: Language is often used to describe the changes that occur around us – changes in either state (“I cracked the glass…”) or location (“I moved the glass onto the table…”). To fully comprehend such events requires that we represent the ‘before’ and ‘after’ states of any object that undergoes change. But how do we represent these mutually exclusive states of a single object at the same time? I shall summarize a series of fMRI studies which show that these alternative states compete with one another in much the same way as alternative interpretations of an ambiguous word might compete. This interference, or competition, manifests in a part of the brain that has been implicated in resolving competition. Moreover, activity in this area is predicted by the dissimilarity, elsewhere in the brain, between sensorimotor instantiations of the described object’s distinct states. Connectivity analyses show that hippocampus is also implicated in these cases of language/event comprehension, as a function of when episodic or semantic knowledge must be accessed. I shall end with the beginnings of a new account of event representation which does away with the traditional distinction between actions and participants, which maintains instead that object state representations across time are the fundamental representational primitive of event cognition, and which addresses how we instantiate individuated objects (tokens) from semantic memory (about types) on-the-fly.  [Prior knowledge of the brain is neither presumed, required, nor advantageous!]. http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Building, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium Emeriti, Colloquia, Open to the Public, Dept: CLPS, First Years, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, For Masters candidates only, For PhD candidates only, Audience, Brain Science Program, Biology and Medicine, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Faculty, Staff, Postdocs, Departments
  • Patrick Heck Ph.D. Defense Download Patrick Heck Ph.D. Defense to my desktop calendar

    December 8, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Self-Enhancement Bias and Error Metcalf Research Building, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium Open to the Public, Dept: CLPS, Audience, Departments
  • Social Cognitive Science Seminar Download Social Cognitive Science Seminar to my desktop calendar

    December 9, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Michael S. Goodman'74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: Diana Tamir, Princeton University. Title: The structure and dynamics of mental state representations http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Building, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Brown Bag Lunch, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • Cognition Seminar Series Download Cognition Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    December 9, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: Emily Levin, Brown University. Title: TBA http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Bldg, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, First Years, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, For Masters candidates only, For PhD candidates only, Audience, Brain Science Program, Biology and Medicine, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Faculty, Postdocs, Departments, Seminars