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Upcoming Events

  • Apr
    18
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Perception & Action Seminar Series: Stefan Uddenberg

    Carney Innovation Zone (164 Angell Street 4th floor)

    Speaker: Stefan Uddenberg (University of Chicago)
    Title: Hyper-realistic reverse correlation reveals a novel gender bias in representations of leadership across political orientation

    Abstract: Appearance influences election outcomes via leadership stereotypes – past work has shown that adults and even children can predict real-world elections solely on the basis of perceived competence judgments via photographs with relatively high accuracy. What are our visual stereotypes of leadership? And how do they differ according to political orientation? Here we explored this question using a novel reverse correlation technique powered by hyper-realistic generative face models (Albohn et al., 2022). Participants (N=300) viewed generated faces one at a time and judged whether they looked like a “good leader”, a “bad leader”, or “not sure”. Applying a simple algorithm to the aggregated choices yielded visually compelling and interpretable mental representations at both individual and group levels. While political group-averaged representations were similar along many subjective attributes (e.g., perceived “trustworthiness”, “attractiveness”; Peterson et al., 2022), they revealed a novel gender bias: right-leaning participants’ “good leaders” were more masculine than those of left-leaning participants. We directly replicated this result using richer latent face representations (N=300). We then validated individual participant models on new observers (N=150), probing their willingness to vote for different faces generated by past participants in an imaginary election. As predicted, participants were not only more willing to vote for “good” leader faces, but were most willing for faces generated by participants sharing their political orientation. Taken together, our results demonstrate how political orientation is linked to a novel gender bias in leadership representations, showcasing the utility of our reverse correlation technique.

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  • Apr
    19
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Social & Cognitive Science Brown Bag Seminar Series: Vivienne Chi

    Metcalf Research Building

    Speaker: Vivienne Chi, Brown University

    Title: Human-Robot Trust during Interactive Teaching

    Abstract: Building and maintaining trust is critically important for continued human-robot interaction and the prospect of robots learning social skills from social environments. While prior work explored ways for artificial agents to learn norms from human users, a psychological analysis of the human teacher has been largely overlooked. To gain insight into how humans would teach robots to master social and moral norms and update their trust, I will present a novel paradigm in which participants interactively teach a simulated robot to behave appropriately in a healthcare setting. In this talk, I will show that human teachers are highly responsive to the robot’s local and cumulative performance. I will discuss my efforts to measure trust dynamics as teaching and learning progress and to examine how human teachers’ choice of teaching method and their perceived contribution to the robot’s learning play a role in these trust dynamics.

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  • Speaker: Mary Hegarty (UCSB)

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    Perception & Action Seminar Series
  • Apr
    26
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Social & Cognitive Science Brown Bag Seminar Series: Linda Zou

    Metcalf Research Building

    Speaker: Linda Zou, University of Maryland

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  • Apr
    29
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag Seminar Series: Justin Parent

    Metcalf Research Building

    Speaker: Justin Parent, Brown/URI

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  • Speaker: Miranda Scolari (Texas Tech University)

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    Perception & Action Seminar Series
  • May
    3

    Speaker: Semir Tatlidil, Brown University
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  • May
    9
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Perception & Action Seminar Series: Sabine Kastner

    Metcalf Research Building

    Speaker: Sabine Kastner (Princeton)

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  • May
    31
    2:00pm

    Dissertation Defense: Taylor Wise

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences
    CLPS Dissertation Defense
    Speaker: Taylor Wise
    Title: Spatial and social processing in the rat posterior parietal cortex
    Advisor: Rebecca Burwell