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Interdisciplinary Mind and Brain (IMB) Seminar Series

The IMB seminar series highlights research focused on understanding the Mind and the Brain across a broad range of theoretical frameworks, content areas, and approaches. Please join your colleagues and esteemed speakers at noon on Fridays in the SAIL Room (111 Levin Building, 425 S. University Ave.). A pizza lunch will be served at 11:45am before each talk.

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Past IMB Seminars


Spring 2018

January 19
Moira Dillon
Department of Psychology
Propositioning Euclid in The Quad: From shapes in the world to shapes in the mind

January 26
Miguel Eckstein
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
UC Santa Barbara
Rapidly Looking at Faces: A Sensory Optimization Theory

February 2
Koleen McCrink
Department of Psychology
Barnard College
Spatial Biases in Childhood

February 9
no seminar 

February 16
Josh Tenenbaum
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
On what you can't learn from (merely) all the data in the world, and what else is needed

February 23
Tim Gentner
Department of Psychology
Natural Acoustic Signals and their Neural Representation

March 2
Susan Goldin-Meadow
Department of Psychology
University of Chicago
The Resilience of Language and Gesture

March 9
no seminar - Penn Spring Break

March 16
Talia Konkle
Department of Psychology
Harvard University
The shape of things and the organization of object-responsive cortex

March 23
Alan Spector
Department of Psychology
Florida State University
Gastric Bypass: Taste, Palatability, and Food Selection

March 30
Charan Ranganath
Department of Psychology
UC Davis
The Where, When, and How of Episodic Memory, and Why it Matters

April 6
no seminar - 20th Annual Pinkel Endowed Lecture

April 13
Jessica Cantlon
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
University of Rochester
Primitive Math and Logic in the Developing Brain

April 20
Roland Fleming
Department of Experimental Psychology
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

May 4
Jerome Busemeyer
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Indiana University - Bloomington
What Is Quantum Cognition, and How Is It Applied to Psychology?




Fall 2017

September 15
Marcelo Magnasco
Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience, Rockefeller University
Network-induced stability in a model of cortical architecture

September 22
Alyssa Crittenden
Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Paleolithic or Paleomythic? What modern hunter-gatherer diet composition and gut microbiota can tell us about the evolution of human nutrition and life history

September 29
Morgan Barense
Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
The interface of memory and perception

October 13
Paul Schrater
Departments of Psychology and Computer Science, University of Minnesota
How to get modularity of mind by decomposing value into learnable probabilistic constraints

October 20
Dario Maestripieri
Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago
Personality traits and physiological reactivity to stress from a life history perspective

October 27
Steven Franconieri
Department of Psychology, Northwestern University
Visual attention creates structure over space and time

November 3
Russell Fernald
Department of Biology, Stanford University
How does social behavior change the brain?

November 10
no seminar

November 17
Dolores Bozovic
Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA
Sensitivity and self-tuning in the auditory system

December 1
Mitchell Roitman
Department of Psychology, University of Illinois
Mesolimbic encoding of affective stimuli: Tuning by physiological state and its proxies 

December 8
Woo-kyoung Ahn
Department of Psychology, Yale University
Effects of Biological Explanations for Mental Disorders

Spring 2017

January 20
Marcus Raichle
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Brain network connectivity, default network

January 27
Elissa Newport
Director, Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, Georgetown University Medical Center
Brain plasticity and recovery

February 3
Winrich Freiwald
Laboratory of Neural Systems, Rockefeller University
Neural mechanisms of face perception

February 10
Tania Lombrozo
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley
Cognitive psychology of explanation and understanding

February 17
Shihab Shamma
Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland
Neuronal mechanisms of auditory processing

March 3
Tamar Kushnir
Evalyn Edwards Milman Associate Professor in Child Development, Cornell University
Early childhood cognition

March 17
Bruno Olshausen
Director, Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, UC Berkeley
Vision in brains and machines

March 24
Geetha Ramani
Associate Professor, Developmental Science Program, University of Maryland
Early childhood interactions

March 31
Hyo Gweon
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Stanford University
Social learning

April 7
Saskia DeVries
Senior Scientist, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Brain observatory: A survey of visual-evoked activity

April 14
Brian Wandell
Director, Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging, Stanford University
Vision science

April 21
David Heeger
Center for Neural Science, NYU
Perceptual psychology, vision

April 28
Brian Scholl
Director, Perception and Cognition Laboratory, Yale University
Perception and cognition

May 19
Jennifer Bizley
UCL Ear Institute, University College London
How does auditory cortex allow us to make sense of an auditory scene?


Fall 2016

September 9
John Beggs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biophysics, Indiana University
High-degree neurons feed cortical computations

September 23
Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Ph.D.
Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
Cortical control of auditory attention

September 30
James Hudspeth, Ph.D., MD
F.M Kirby Professor, Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience, Rockefeller University
Making an effort to listen: mechanical amplification by ion channels and myosin molecules in hair cells of the inner ear

October 14
Greg DeAngelis, Ph.D.
Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester
Neural Computation of Depth from Motion

October 21
Michael Long, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology, NYU School of Medicine
Neuronal mechanisms of vocal communication

October 28
Lera Boroditsky
Associate Professor, Cognitive Science, UCSD
Connection between language and cognition

November 4
Ilana Witten
Assistant Professor, Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Neural circuits mediating learning and decision making

December 2
Nicholas Priebe
Associate Professor, Neuroscience, UT Austin
Processes for visual representation of the world

December 9
Melchi Michel
Assistant Professor, Cognitive Psychology, Rutgers University
Visual perceptual judgements