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  • Jan
    27
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Nicole Holliday (Assistant Professor UPenn)

     

    Bio: 

    I study sociolinguistics, specifically, how individuals interact with language to conceptualize and construct identity of both self and others. I’m especially interested in how individuals who cross traditionalracial/ethnic boundaries reflect multiple social identities through linguistic practices. Specifically, I examine the use of suprasegmental features that speakers may employ in the performance of their ethnic identities. The focus of my dissertation was intra- and interspeaker prosodic variation in the sociolinguistic behavior of American black/biracial young men.

    In April 2016, I defended my dissertation entitled “Intonational Variation, Linguistic Style, and the Black/Biracial Experience” at New York University. My dissertation chair was Renee Blake, and my committee consisted of Lisa Davidson, Greg Guy, John Singler, and Erik Thomas (NCSU). In 2016-2017, I was a Chau Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College. From 2017-2020, I was an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College. Since July 2020, I have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Speaker: Rachel Weissler

    Title: Toward A Cognitive Model of African American English: Sociolinguistic knowledge and its influence on processing

    Abstract: African American English (AAE) is the most well-studied minoritized variety of English in the U.S., yet there is still so much we do not know about cognitive processing of the variety. Understanding the mechanisms of AAE cognition is critical to building models of language that include how multiple linguistic systems live in the brain. Additionally, this understanding is crucial in our current sociopolitical climate in the United States in which linguistic prejudice and discrimination continues to persist (Craft, Wright, Weissler, & Queen 2020). This talk will focus on neurolinguistic research and emotional prosody behavioral research, which work in parallel in the construction of a cognitive model of AAE. The EEG studies show that AAE is processed differently than Standardized American English (SdAE), because it shows that predictions are conditioned by the identity of the speaker. The emotional prosody research shows that emotional prosody does influence race judgements, and still, there are some discrepancies between behavioral judgements and written responses from participants. Taken together, these studies indicate that language variety impacts processing, but also raises questions about the role of the participant and leveraging linguistic knowledge during processing. This work contributes to further understanding of how social information and stereotypes interface with cognitive processing within a multidialectal frame.

    Website:  https://sites.google.com/view/rachel-elizabeth-weissler

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  • Jan
    28

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: :Emily Cooper (Assistant Professor - UC Berkeley)

    Title: Perceptual Science for Augmented Reality

    Abstract: Recent years have seen impressive advances in near-eye display systems for augmented reality. In these systems, digital content is merged with the user’s view of the physical world. There are, however, unique perceptual challenges associated with designing a display system that can seamlessly blend the real and the virtual. By understanding and modeling the relevant principles that underlie our visual perception, I will show how we can address some of these challenges.

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  • Feb
    1
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Meltem Yucel (University of Virginia)

    Title: “No fair!”: An investigation of children’s moral development

    Abstract: Young children robustly distinguish between moral norms and conventional norms (Smetana, 1984; Yucel & Vaish, 2020). In existing developmental research, fairness norms are by definition considered part of the moral domain. Yet an understanding of fairness emerges late in development and is culturally variable, raising the possibility that fairness may not fall squarely in the moral domain. In a series of studies, I examine whether children see fairness as a moral or conventional norm.

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  • Feb
    3
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Dr Yoolim Kim (Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)

    Title: TBD

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  • Feb
    3
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    CANCELED: LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Yoolim Kim (Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)

    Bio: My research focuses on the psycholinguistic processing of writing systems, with specific interest in the Korean alphabet, Hangul. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, my work is on developing ways to quantify visual distinctiveness of characters within a graphic system.

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  • Feb
    4

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: TBD

    Title: TBD

    Abstract: TBD

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  • Feb
    8
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Melissa Koenig (University of Minnesota)

    Title: A Framework for Testimonial Learning: Judgments of Epistemic and Moral Agency

    Abstract: Children’s testimonial learning involves an increasingly sophisticated conception of human agency. Children’s interpretation of human error – and perhaps anomalous behavior of all kinds – instigates a form of inferential reasoning aimed at identifying the intentions of agents. Likewise, children’s interpretation of interpersonal actions depends on discerning the harmful or helpful intentions of agents. In this talk, I’ll argue that children’s testimonial learning is governed by (1) epistemic norms, taking a critical view of the evidence and the reliability of sources; and by (2) interpersonal norms, taking a cooperative view of another person and her acts of communication. Children’s testimonial reasoning involves treating people as agents who do things intentionally and who can be held accountable for these actions.

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  • Feb
    10
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Jed Pizarro-Guevara (Postdoc, UMass Amherst)

    Title: TBD

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  • Feb
    11

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: TBD

    Title: TBD

    Abstract:TBD

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  • Feb
    17
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Kathleen Hall (Associate Professor - University of British Columbia)
    Title: TBD
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  • Feb
    18

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Roland Fleming (Associate Professor - Giessen University)

    Title: TBD

    Abstract:TBD

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  • Feb
    22
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Dorsa Amir, Boston College

    Title: The Development of Decision-Making Across Diverse Cultural Contexts

    Abstract: The human behavioral repertoire is uniquely diverse, with an unmatched flexibility that has allowed our species to flourish in every ecology on the planet. Despite its importance, the roots of this behavioral diversity — and how it manifests across development and contexts — remain largely unexplored. I argue that a full account of human behavior requires a cross-cultural, developmental approach that systematically examines how environmental variability shapes behavioral processes. In this talk, I use the development of decision-making across diverse contexts as a window into the relationship between the socioecological environment and behavior. First, I present the results of a cross-cultural investigation of risk and time preferences among children in India, Argentina, the United States, and the Ecuadorian Amazon, suggesting that market integration and related socioecological shifts lead to the development of more risk-seeking and future-oriented preferences. Second, I present the early results of a six-culture investigation into the ontogeny of social preferences — namely, trustworthiness, forgiveness, and fairness. Taken together, these studies help elucidate the developmental origins of behavioral diversity across cultural contexts, and underscore the utility of interdisciplinary research for explaining human behavior.

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  • Feb
    24
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    LingLangLunch

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker: Judith Degen (Associate Professor - Stanford)

    Title: TBD

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  • Feb
    25

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.

    Speaker:Pawel Romanczuk (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

    Title: TBD

    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, MIT

    Title: TBD

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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: TBD
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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
    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
    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
    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
    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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  • 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
    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
    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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