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  • Feb
    25

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Pawel Romanczuk (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

    Title: Collective Information Processing - Interplay of self-organization and function in collective (biological) systems.

    Abstract: Animal groups or cellular ensembles represent fascinating examples of self-organized biological systems. In contrast to non-living physical systems, self-organized biological collectives are the result of long-term evolutionary adaptations to a specific ecological niche, where collective behavior provides evolutionary benefits to individual agents. However, collective behavior is also always subject to constraints set by the interaction mechanisms and corresponding self-organized dynamical structure. My general research interest is to explore this interplay between self-organization and function in collective behavior in a variety of model systems ranging from cellular aggregates, via insect swarms to fish schools. Classical models of collective behavior often take a “bird’s-eye perspective,” assuming that individuals have access to social information that is not directly available, e.g. the behavior of individuals outside of their field of view. Despite the initial success of those models, it becomes more and more apparent that we needs to incorporate the perception of individuals, i.e., how internal and external information are acquired and processed, to obtain a deeper understanding of the proximate mechanisms underlying emergent collective behaviors as well as their functional implications. In this context, I will discuss two examples of our past research: 1) Attention trade-offs in flocking in complex environments under sensory/cognitive constraints. 2) A minimal purely vision-based model of collective movement

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  • Feb
    26
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Cognitive Seminar Series

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Ida Momennejad (Senior Reinforcement Learning Researcher, Microsoft)

    Title: Navigation Turing Test: Toward Human-like RL

    Abstract:TBD

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  • Mar
    1
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Sophie Bridgers, Postdoc, MIT

    Title: Social Reasoning in Action: Social-Cognitive Mechanisms Supporting Prosocial Decisions in Early Childhood

    Abstract: Each human being has their own thoughts, desires, and physical capabilities, which enables productive cooperation and collaboration integral to our species’ success. Yet, these differences also pose inferential challenges for figuring out how best to help others. What supports our ability to coordinate our individual differences to help and cooperate with one another effectively? In my dissertation, I present three sets of studies that demonstrate and interrogate how children figure out how to help others. I argue that intuitive theories – naïve understandings about how the world works and how other people act – are at the foundation of how children make prosocial decisions and take action appropriately given the context. In Study 1, toddlers use their causal knowledge to figure out why someone failed and how they should respond; in Study 2, 3-year-olds use others’ physical constraints to infer what goals others need help achieving; and in Study 3, 5- to 7-year-olds reason about others’ expected costs and rewards to make utility-maximizing decisions about what to teach and what to let learners discover. We formalize the teaching decision using a computational model, providing further insight into the details of the cognitive mechanisms that support children’s early teaching behavior. These early-emerging capacities to reason about other minds (i.e., what others know or want) and the utility of their goal-directed actions (i.e., what goals are rewarding for others to achieve and costly to achieve on their own) provide the foundations for large-scale cooperation and curation of cultural knowledge across generations that is characteristic of human societies.

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  • Mar
    3
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Meredith Tamminga (Associate Professor - UPenn)
    Title: Interspeaker covariation in sound changes: A hierarchical clustering approach
    Abstract: Philadelphia English exhibits a number of well-studied vowel changes that take place gradually over the course of the 20th century. Labov, Rosenfelder & Fruehwald (2013) show that some of these changes continue in a single direction throughout this time period, while others appear to reverse direction around the middle of the century. In this talk I discuss what we can learn about these different change outcomes by investigating covariation relationships between the changing vowels across individuals. I first present recent work using pairwise correlations to show that a) the reversing changes are correlated while the continuing changes are not (Tamminga 2019), and b) the interspeaker covariation between the reversing changes is present from the beginning of our data, predating the onset of reversal (Tamminga forthcoming). I then discuss work in progress (with Dr. Lacey Wade) that uses hierarchical clustering to investigate change covariation across multiple vowels simultaneously. I focus on two questions: what new information we can gain from this kind of approach that is not available when each change is treated separately, and how might that new information contribute to our understanding of change over time?
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  • Mar
    4

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Brian Rogers (Professor- Pembroke College, Oxford)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract: TBD

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  • Mar
    5

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Kimberly Chiew (Assistant Professor, University of Denver)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract: TBD

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  • Mar
    8
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Gabor Brody, Brown

    Title: TBD

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  • Mar
    10
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Sameer ud Dowla Khan (Associate Professor - Reed College)

    Title: TBD

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  • Mar
    11

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Ramesh Balasubramaniam (Professor - UC Merced)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract: TBD

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  • Mar
    12
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Cognitive Seminar Series

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Robb Rutledge (Assistant Professor, Yale)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract:TBD

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  • Mar
    15
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Melissa Kibbe (Boston University)

    Title: Object representations from the concrete to the abstract: Insights from prelinguistic infants

    Abstract: The question of how we form mental representations of objects is one of the most fundamental in cognitive science. In this talk, I will present research from my lab investigating this question in prelinguistic infants. I will show that, even with limited conceptual and linguistic knowledge and limited working memory capacity, infants’ representations of objects are fundamentally abstract, yielding new insights into the basic structure of object representations in cognition.

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  • Mar
    18

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Evangelos Christou (Professor- University of Florida)


    Title: TBD

    Abstract: TBD

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  • Mar
    18

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Marisa Carrasco ( Julius Silver Professor- NYU)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract: TBD

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  • Mar
    19

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Felipe De Brigard (Associate Professor, Duke)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract: TBD

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  • Mar
    22
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Tamar Kushnir, Cornell

    Title: “Learning levels of explanation for human action”

    Abstract: Our ordinary intuitions about human behavior include the idea that single actions can have multiple plausible explanations, and multiple motivations. Why I sit down to a holiday meal with family, for example, could be because of hunger, because like especially like the food being served, because I like spending time with my family, or something to do with the holiday itself. But what is my true motivation? Often this latter question brings into focus a tension between two “levels” of explanation: on one hand, we have subjective, personal reasons for acting in certain ways, and on the other hand, we have interpersonal, or social reasons. In this talk I’ll discuss a series of studies showing how children learn which explanations are most likely, the role that trade-offs between personal and social motives plays in social evaluation, and how we as teachers contribute to creating explanatory biases that follow us from childhood to adult life.

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  • Mar
    24
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Nikole Giovannone (PhD student, UConn)

    Title: TBD

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  • Mar
    26
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Cognitive Seminar Series

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Mingyu Song (PhD student , Princeton)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract:TBD

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  • Mar
    31
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Jeremy Kuhn (Research Scientist- Institut Jean Nicod (CNRS), Ecole Normale Supérieure)

    Title:TBD

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  • Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Edward Vogel (Professor- University of Chicago)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract: TBD

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  • Apr
    2

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Amrita Lamba (PhD student, Brown)

    Title:

    Abstract

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  • Apr
    7
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Lauren Franklin (PhD student, Brown)

    Title:
    TBD

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  • Apr
    8

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Yaoda Xu (Senior Research Scientist- Yale University)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract: TBD

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  • Apr
    9
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Cognitive Seminar Series

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Babak Hemmatian (PhD student, Brown)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract:TBD

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  • Apr
    14
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Youtao Lu (PhD student, Brown)

    Title: TBD

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  • Apr
    15

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Laura Thomas (Associate Professor- North Dakota State University)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract: TBD

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  • Apr
    16

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Malik Boykin (Assistant Professor, Brown)

    Title:

    Abstract:

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  • Apr
    23
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Cognitive Seminar Series

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:  

    Description: Taraz Lee (Assistant Professor, University of Michigan)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract:TBD

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  • Apr
    26
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Mark Sabbagh (Professor - Queens University Ontario)

    Title: TBD

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  • Apr
    30

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Cydney Dupree (Assistant Professor, Yale)

    Title:

    Abstract:

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