Cognitive,Linguistic and Psychological Sciences

Integrating the Study of Mind, Brain, Behavior and Language

We are delighted to announce the formation of the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences (CLPS) as of July 2010. CLPS is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of mind, brain, behavior, and language.

As part of the University's ongoing Plan for Academic Enrichment, CLPS has been formed from the former faculties of the Department of Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences and the Department of Psychology, as well as several new hires. CLPS is housed in a newly renovated 36,000 sq ft building.

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

Upcoming Events

  • A Public Forum On The Marijuana Regulation, Control & Taxation Act Download A Public Forum On The Marijuana Regulation, Control & Taxation Act to my desktop calendar

    April 28, 2015 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM The Providence Marriott | 1 Orms Street, Providence, RI Seating is Limited, Register Early! Registration Fees Register On or Before April 10, 2015: $75.00 Register After April 10, 2015: $95.00 Register online: Program Description The Rhode Island General Assembly is considering the Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act, which will regulate rather than prohibit marijuana use by adults. Use of marijuana for recreation has been approved in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and the District of Columbia while the debate is gaining momentum throughout the rest of the United States. The goal of this forum is to provide the Rhode Island community a platform for a thoughtful discussion regarding the issues surrounding marijuana legalization and to encourage further discussions among public stakeholders and the general public. Both proponents and opponents will present research and data so as to raise awareness while educating and dispelling myths on: health impacts, social justice, public safety impacts, taxation, revenue, and regulatory and social costs resulting from legalization. At the end of each session, audience members will have the opportunity to engage presenters in a moderated question and answer session. Who Should Attend Healthcare Professionals, Business Leaders, Educators, Legislators, Public Officials, Public Policy Leaders, Public Safety Officials and others interested in learning about these issues. Learning Objectives At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to: • Describe health risks and benefits of marijuana use including effects of marijuana on brain development & co-morbidities related to adolescent and adult marijuana use • Realize the responsibility of society in educating youth about the hazards of substance use and giving them the tools to make good decisions • Identify impacts of the proposed legislation on the justice system, public safety and civil liberties • Describe how the State’s marijuana market will be regulated under the proposed bill • Understand the amount of revenue that is expected and how the funds will be appropriated to benefit Rhode Islanders Accreditation The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit Designation Physicians: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(TM). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners: Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for up to 4 hours. Psychologists: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been approved by the Rhode Island Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for Psychologists. The Alpert Medical School maintains responsibility for the program. This program is approved for 4 Category 1 CE Credit. (Credits available to RI licensed psychologists only. Social Workers: This activity has been submitted to the NASW, Rhode Island. Credit approval is pending. >> OFF CAMPUS LOCATION: see description for details PoliticalScience, PublicSafety, EnvironmentSociety, Watson Institute, Medical School, Dept: Continuing Medical Education, Dept: Swearer Center, Dept: Environmental Health and Safety, Dept: Neuroscience, Dept: CLPS, Brain Science Program, Biology and Medicine, Dept: TaubmanCtr, Global Health Initiative, Dept: Chemistry, Dept: Sociology, Dept: MCB, Dept: Economics, PSTC, ScienceTechnologyStudies, Dept: Science Center, Institutional Diversity, Dept: MPPB, Dept: EEB, BioMed: Gerontology, BioMed: PathoGrad, EduOutreach, AMS: ConfClinic, AMS: GenSurgery, AMS: ColonRectal, AMS: Pediatric, AMS: SurgeryOrtho, AMS: Trauma, AMS: Urology, AMS: Anesthesiology, BioMed Division Calendars, BioMed: Pathology, BioMed: EmergencyMedicine, PsychBehavior, CCMB, JNBC, CCI, EthicalInquiry, Departments, Health Services
  • Harold Schlosberg Colloquium Download Harold Schlosberg Colloquium to my desktop calendar

    April 29, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Harold Schlosberg Colloquium. Speaker: Gregory Hickok, University of California, Irvine. Title: An Integrative Approach to Understanding the Neuroscience of Language. Abstract: Language serves a specialized purpose: to translate thoughts to sound (or sign) and back again. The complexity and relative uniqueness of linguistic knowledge reflects this specialization. But language evolved in the context of a brain that was already performing functions that are broadly important for language: perceiving, acting, remembering, learning. From an evolutionary standpoint, then, we should expect to find some architectural and computational parallels between linguistic and non-linguistic neural systems. Our work has indeed uncovered such parallels. Language processes are organized into two broad neural streams—a ventral auditory-conceptual stream and a dorsal auditory-motor stream—functionally analogous to that found in vision. And the dorsal auditory-motor language stream uses computational principles found in motor-control more broadly. This approach to understanding the neural basis of language does not replace traditional linguistic constructs but integrates them into a broader neuro-evolutionary context and provides a richer, comparative source of data. Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium 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
  • Perception Action Seminar Series Download Perception Action Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    April 30, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Friedman Family Lecture in Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences. Speaker: Benjamin Jee, Rhode Island College. Title: A Cognitive Science Approach to Spatial Science Learning. Abstract: Enhancing student performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a central educational initiative in the United States. Research from the cognitive and learning sciences has demonstrated that spatial thinking skills contribute to students’ success in these disciplines. Understanding the acquisition and representation of spatial knowledge could thus support new innovations in STEM education. In this talk I will discuss interdisciplinary research that applies cognitive science theory and methods to STEM learning. One line of research examines how the comparison of visual examples affects novices’ learning of basic spatial concepts in structural geology. A second line of research uses computer-based sketching software to capture the effects of domain expertise on people’s drawings of complex causal processes. I will discuss how this program of research can be applied to support student learning in a range of STEM disciplines. PLEASE NOTE - THIS TALK WILL BE HELD IN METCALF, ROOM 230. > Other location: see description for details Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • LingLangLunch Download LingLangLunch to my desktop calendar

    April 30, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Friedman Family Lecture in Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences. Speaker: Eladio Mateo Toledo (B'alam), CIESAS-Sureste, México. Title: The Destinative Construction in Q’anjob’al (Maya. PLEASE NOTE - THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD IN METCALF 305. Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • Social Cognitive Science Seminar Series Download Social Cognitive Science Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    May 8, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Friedman Family Lecture in Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences. Speaker: Joanna Korman, Brown University. Title: TBA Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars