CLPS Colloquium Series

The CLPS department offers a large number of colloquium lectures throughout the academic year. These talks are open to all members of the Brown community.

To learn of upcoming events, please refer to the live calendar to the right of this page, or subscribe to our event announcements email list.


2022-2023 Speakers

2022-2023 Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Colloquium Series

  • Jan. 10, Maureen Ritchey, Boston College:
     Pathways to episodic memory: Cognitive and brain processes that shape what we remember

  • Jan. 17, Michael Kraus, Yale University:
     The Narrative of Racial Progress: Realistic Perceptions and Progress Toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Jan. 19, Kaue Costa, National Institute on Drug Abuse:
    Neural mechanisms of model-based learning

  • Jan. 23, Emma Armstrong-Carter, UNC Chapel Hill:
     The implications of children's contributions to the family for their wellbeing and educational opportunities: Findings from large-scale, interdisciplinary, paternship-research

  • Jan. 26, Jason Okonofua, University of California, Berkeley:
     Sidelining Bias: A Situationist Approach to Mitigating Real World Inequities

  • Jan. 30, Serra Favila, Columbia University:
     Transforming visual experiences into adaptive long-term memories

  • Feb. 6, Vishnu Murty, Temple University:
     Causes and consequences of threat-related memory fragmentation

  • Feb. 13, Lisa Fazio, Vanderbilt University:
    Misinformation: Why is it a problem?

  • Feb. 16, Caroline Robertson, Dartmouth University:
    How memory meets perception during naturalistic scene understanding

  • Feb. 27, Felicity Gore, Stanford University:
    Neural circuits connecting sensory stimuli to motivated behavior

  • Mar. 2, Julia Marshall, Boston College:
    The Early Pursuit of Third-Party Punishment

2021-2022 Speakers

2021-2022 Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Colloquium Series

  • Oct. 29, Jessica Grieser, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville:
     What we Talk About When We Talk About Gentrification

2020-2021 Speakers

2020 Richard B. Millward Colloquium

  • Sept. 23, Nicholas Christakis, Yale:
    Social Network Interventions

2020-2021 Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Colloquium Series

  • Oct. 7, Arif Hamid, Brown University:
    Striatal dopamine waves as a mechanism for spatiotemporal credit assignment

  • Oct. 28, Mehrdad Jazayeri, MIT:
    A distal teacher for Bayesian sensorimotor learning in the frontal cortex

  • Jan. 27, Rachel Elizabeth Weissler, University of Michigan:
    Toward A Cognitive Model of African American English: Sociolinguistic knowledge and its influence on processing

  • Feb. 10, Steven Roberts, Stanford:
    Racism: A Developmental Story

  • Feb. 24, Judith Fan, UCSD:
    Cognitive tools for making the invisible visible

  • Mar. 10, Dan Jurafsky, Stanford:
    "Does This Vehicle Belong to You?":  Extracting Social Meaning from Language by Computer

  • Mar. 17, Jim Sidanius, Harvard:
    The Interactive Dynamics of Sexism and Racism and the Theory of Gendered Prejudice

2021 Harold Schlosberg Colloquium

  • Mar. 31, Anna Papafragou, UPenn:
    Event representations in language and cognition

2019-2020 Speakers

2019 Friedman Family Fund Colloquium

  • Sept. 18, Michelle "Mikki"Hebl, Rice University

2019 Richard B. Millward Colloquium 

  • Oct. 16, Wei Ji Ma, NYU

2019-2020 Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Colloquium Series

  • Nov. 13, John Wixted, UCSD

  • Jan. 29, Brian Nosek, Univ. of Virginia

  • Apr. 8, Daniel Jurafsky, Stanford University

2020 Harold Schlosberg Colloquium

  • Apr. 29, Anna Papafragou, Univ. of Delaware

2018-2019 Speakers

2018 Richard B. Millward Colloquium

  • Sept. 5, Elizabeth Phillips, NYU:
    Mechanisms of Threat Control

2018-2019 Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Colloquium Series

  • Oct. 3, Dana Carney, UC Berkeley:
    The Impact of Ordinary, Everyday Nonverbal Behaviors—Research and Theory

  • Oct. 31 - Susan Goldin-Meadow, U. Chicago:
    What small data can tell us about the resilience of language that big data can't

2019 Harold Schlosberg Colloquium

  • May 1, Jonathan Haidt, NYU:

Past Speakers


Richard B. Millward Colloquium

  • Beatriz Luna, University of Pittsburgh:
    Exploratory Brain Processes Underlie the Transition from Adolescence to Adult Cognitive Control

Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Lecture Series

  • Valentine Hacquard, University of Maryland:
    Grasping at Factivity

  • Rosalind Picard, MIT

  • Gerry Altman, University of Connecticut

  • Richard Heck, Brown University:
    Against Experimental Philosophy: A Case Study

  • Leslie Ungerleider, NIMH

Friedman Family Fund Diversity Lecture

  • Anne Charity Hudley, College of William & Mary

Harold Schlosberg Colloquium

  • Jonathan Cohen, Princeton University:
    Capacity Constraints in Cognitive Control: Toward a Rational Explanation


Richard B. Millward Colloquium

  • Boaz Keysar, University of Chicago:
    Living in a Foreign Tongue

Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Lecture Series

  • Edward Gibson, MIT:
    Information theoretic approaches to language universals

  • Peter Todd, Indiana University:
    Seek and Find: How people forage for resources in space and in mind

  • Mary Hayhoe, University of Texas at Austin:
    Control of Gaze in the Context of Behavior

  • Evelina Fedorenko, MGH/HMS:
    The language network and its place within the broader architecture of the human mind and brain

  • Robert Podesva, Stanford University:
    The Role of the Body in Structuring Sociophonetic Variation

  • Jean E. Fox Tree, UC, Santa Cruz:
    The Usefulness of Useless Utterances: Why Um, Like, and Other Disparaged Phenomena are not Superfluous

  • Tali Sharot, University College of London:
    Forming Beliefs: Information Seeking, Avoidance & Integration in the Human Brain

Harold Schlosberg Colloquium

  • Henry Wellman, University of Michigan:
    Learning a Theory of Mind


Richard B. Millward Colloquium

  • Sharon Thompson-Schill, University of Pennsylvania:
    Costs and benefits of cognitive control

Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Lecture Series

  • Gail Heyman, University of California, San Diego:
    Children’s Reasoning about People as Sources of Information

  • Daniel McAdams, Northwestern University:
    The Redemptive Self: How Generative Adults Narrate Their Lives

  • Robin Clark, University of Pennsylvania:
    The Emergence of Linguistic Diversity

  • Alexandra Freund, University of Zurich:
    On Gains and Losses, Means and Ends: Motivational Changes across Adulthood

  • Vishnu Murty, New York University:
    Motivated Memory: Mesolimbic-Hippocampal interactions during memory encoding

  • Brice Kuhl, New York University:
    Decoding competitive remembering

  • Jeremy Manning, Princeton University:
    A neural signature of mental time travel

  • Jane Wang, Northwestern University:
    Toward a cognitive neuroscience of information-based decisions and modeling during learning

  • Jessica Cohen, Kennedy Krieger Institute:
    Segregation and Integration of Functional Brain Networks in Health and Disease

  • Amitai Shenhav, Princeton University
    Surviving in a World of Opportunities: The Cost of Choice and the Value of Control

  • Travis Proulx, Tillburg University:
    Meaning Maintenance Model: Towards a unified account of violation-compensation behaviours

  • Oriana Aragon Schenck, Yale University:
    Reasoning during Social Interactions

  • Tage Rai, Northwestern University:
    Virtuous Violence:  Hurting and killing to create, sustain, end, and honor social relationships

  • Oriel FeldmanHall, NYU:
    Neurocognitive mechanisms of dynamic moral choice

Harold Schlosberg Colloquium

  • Gregory Hickok, University of California, Irvine:
    An Integrative Approach to Understanding the Neuroscience of Language