MindCORE Seminar Archive

Fall 2023

Sep 8         Maiken Scott, WHYY: “Why Talking About Science Matters (and How to Do it Well)”

Sep 15       Fritz Breithaupt, Indiana University: “The Narrative Brain”

Sep 22       Vlad Ayzenberg, MindCORE postdoc: “Early developing mechanisms underlying visual object categorization”

Sep 29       Marlyse Baptista, University of Pennsylvania: “The Founder Principle: In search of long-lasting linguistic imprints in Creole       emergence”

Oct 6         Falk Lieder, UCLA: “Improving Decision-Making”

Oct 20       Mick Bonner, Johns Hopkins: “A high-dimensional view of computational neuroscience”

Oct 27       MindCORE/SCEW: Catherine Sheard, University of Aberdeen: “Phylogenetic trees and cultural evolution”

Nov 3        Emily Perkins, MindCORE postdoc: “A biopsychosocial perspective on the development of conduct problems”

Diego Reinero, MindCORE postdoc: “ Malleable Moral Minds”

Nov 10      MindCORE/DDDI: Andrew Hein, Cornell University: “Behavioral algorithms: searching for principles of flexible, robust behavior in the natural world”

Nov 17      Sarah Robins, Purdue University: “The Engram Renaissance”

Dec 1        Taraz Lee, University of Michigan: “Cognition, Control, and Action: the multifaceted interplay between cognitive and motor systems”

Dec 8        MindCORE/PCfN: Colin Ellard, University of Waterloo: “Messiness as the wellspring of freedom and autonomy in cities: Studies in urban psychology”


Spring 2023

Jan 27       Mariam Aly, Columbia University: “How hippocampal memory shapes, and is shaped by attention”

Feb 3         Dylan Gee, Yale University: “Early Experiences and Brain Development: Leveraging Developmental Neuroscience to Promote Youth Mental Health”

Feb 10       MindCORE/CNI seminar: Adrienne Fairhall, University of Washington: “Variability, learning and robustness in birdsong”

Feb 17       Jared Medina, University of Delaware: “Touch, Embodiment and Plasticity: Understanding Body Representations”

Feb 24       Jennifer Morton, University of Pennsylvania: “Interpreting Obstacles”

Mar 3         MindCORE/CNI seminar: Marlene Cohen, University of Chicago: “Feature interference: a neuronal population hypothesis about limits on cognition”

Mar 17      Arielle Baskin-Sommers, Yale University: “Criminal responsibility and psychopathy: Using psychological science to challenge the legal conception of responsibility”

Mar 24      Lauren Ross, University of California, Irvine: “Causal Varieties in Science”

Mar 31      25th Annual Pinkel Endowed Lecture: Nicola Clayton, University of Cambridge: “Ways of Thinking: From Crows to Children and Back Again”

Apr 7         Tomáš Jagelka, University of Bonn: “Accounting for Individual-Specific Reliability of Self-Assessed Measures of Economic Preferences and Personality Traits”

Apr 14       Chandra Sripada, University of Michigan: “All Mental Disorders Involve Systematic Misrepresentation of Value: Mental Illness from a Neuroeconomic Point of View”

Apr 21       Corlett Wood, University of Pennsylvania: “Why is a plant biologist giving a MindCORE seminar?  Cooperation, conflict, and crosstalk in host-microbe interactions”


Fall 2022

Sep 16       Vishnu “Deepu” Murty, Temple University: “Threat-related arousal biases the structure and utility of episodic memory”

Sep 23       Sam Clarke, MindCORE postdoc: “The number sense represents number”

Sami Yousif, MindCORE postdoc: “Redundancy and reducibility in the formats of spatial representations”

Sep 30       MindCORE/ILST seminar: Terry Regier, UC Berkeley: “Semantic categories in computational perspective”

Oct 28       Dwight Kravitz, GWU: “Closing the loop between human neurophysiology and behavior”

Nov 4        MindCORE/SCEW seminar: Jennifer Culbertson, University of Edinburgh: “Linking cognitive biases to language universals”

Nov 11      MindCORE/brainSTIM seminar: Aaron Boes, University of Iowa: “Brain lesions as a window into the mind”

Nov 18      MindCORE/PCfN seminar: Ellen Winner, Boston College: “The Child as Artist: Claims and Counter Claims”

Dec 2        Catherine Crockford, CNRS: “The patterning and ontogeny of chimpanzee vocal sequences – and brain pathways”

Dec 9        Theresa Desrochers, Brown University: “Cognitive Sequences: Parallel Cross-Species Dynamics in Frontal Neocortex”


Spring 2022

Jan 28       Janice Chen, Johns Hopkins: “Brain Dynamics Underlying Memory for Continuous Natural Events” 

Feb 4         Michael Frank, Stanford: “Bigger data about smaller people: Investigating children’s language learning at scale”

Feb 11       Zhenghan Qi, Northeastern: “Addressing individual differences in language learning: contribution of statistical learning, social cognition, and prediction”

Feb 18       Avram Holmes, Yale: “Multi-scale convergence of functional imaging and genomic signatures of psychiatric illness risk”

Feb 25       Anna Konova, Rutgers: “Addiction states as dynamic changes in valuation”

Mar 4         Mirta Galesic, Santa Fe Institute: “Beyond collective intelligence: Collective adaptation”

Mar 18      Tyler Knowlton, MindCORE Fellow: “Each and every meaning explained”

Linda Chang, MindCORE Fellow: “Quantification Myopia”

Mar 25      Alvin Grissom II, Haverford College: “Computational Approaches to Sentence-final Verb Prediction and What We Can Learn from Counterintuitive Errors in Machine Learning”

Apr 1         Jerome Sallet, Oxford: “On the evolutionary roots of human social cognition”

Apr 8         24th Annual Pinkel Endowed Lecture – Cynthia Dwork, Harvard: “Fairness, Randomness, and the Crystal Ball”

Apr 15       Michael Lee, UC Irvine: “Using cognitive models to understand how semantic memory changes with impairment”

Apr 22       Bradley Love, University College London: “Process models to understand mind and brain” 

Apr 29       Philippe Schlenker, CNS: “Combining Logic and Iconicity in Sign Language Semantics”


Spring 2021 

Feb 19       Andy Tan, UPenn: “Advancing Communication Science to Address Tobacco-Related Health Disparities”

Feb 26       Nicole Holliday, UPenn, “Kamala Harris and the Construction of Complex Ethnolinguistic Political Identity”

Mar 5         Jessie Sun, UPenn, “Personality Evaluated: What Do Other People Really Think of You?”

Mar 12      Jon Freeman, NYU: “TA domain-general dynamic framework for social perception”

Mar 19      Tirin Moore, Stanford : “Robust Encoding of Abstract Rules by Distinct Neuronal Populations in Primate Visual Cortex”

Mar 26      Naomi Leonard, Princeton: “Stability-Flexibility Dilemma in Cognitive Control: A Dynamical System Perspective”

Apr 2         Dedre Gentner, Northwestern: “Structure-mapping in Human Learning”

Apr 9         Perry Zurn, American University: “Curiosity, Power, and the Shape of Inquiry”

Apr 16       23rd Annual Pinkel Endowed Lecture – Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard: “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People”

Apr 23       Daniela Schiller, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine: “Exploring the neural landscape of imagination and abstract spaces”


Fall 2020

Sep 25       Marina Bedny, Johns Hopkins: “Built to learn: Insights into nature and nurture from blindness and cognitive expertise” 

Oct 9         David Lydon-Staley, UPenn: “Bit by bit, putting it together: Enriching our understanding of health and well-being by intensively sampling daily life”

Oct 16       Mike Arcaro, UPenn: “How the interplay between experience and intrinsic neural architecture guides visual development”

Oct 23       Alexandra Rosati, University of Michigan: “A sense of time in human evolution”

Oct 30       Alison Gopnik, UC Berkeley: “Childhood as a solution to explore-exploit tensions”

Nov 6        Steven Roberts, Stanford: “Racism: A Developmental Story”

Nov 13      Lucia Melloni, NYU: “The 3 Cs: Collaborating to Crack Consciousness”

Nov 20      Timothy Bayne, Monash University: “How to Construct A Consciousness Meter”

Dec 4        Michael Tomasello, Duke: “Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny”

Dec 11      Nick Chater, Warwick Business School: “The social contract in miniature: Virtual Bargaining and the theory of joint action, meaning and the foundations of culture”


Spring 2020 

Jan 24       Gregory Corder, UPenn: “Pain in the Brain or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Inanimate Objects”

Jan 31       Andrea Beltrama, MindCORE postdoc: “Imprecision and speaker identity: How social cues affect meaning resolution”

Rista Plate, MindCORE postdoc: “How children make choices when information sources diverge”

Feb 7         Deanna Barch, Washington University: “Mechanisms of Motivational Impairments in Psychosis”

Feb 21       Ueli Rutishauser, Cedars-Sinai: “Probing human memory at the single-neuron level”

Feb 28       Todd Rogers, Harvard Kennedy: “Associative Memory and Behavior Change”

Mar 6         22nd Annual Pinkel Endowed Lecture – Matthew Botvinick, Princeton University: “Deep reinforcement learning and its neuroscientific implications”


Fall 2019

Sep 13       Tali Sharot, UCL: “Affect & Decision-Making in Health and Disease”

Sep 20       John McCoy, UPenn : “Distilling more wisdom from a crowd”

Sep 27       Anna Schapiro, UPenn: “Learning and consolidating patterns in experience”

Oct 4         Jesse Goldberg, Cornell: “Male songbirds turn off their self-evaluation systems when they sing to females”

Oct 18       Chen Yu, Indiana: “Statistical Learning from the Infant’s Point of View”

Oct 25       Sandeep Prasada, Hunter College: “Thinking and Talking About Kinds and Their Instances”

Nov 1        Maya Bar-Hillel, University of Jerusalem: “Towards a theory of default representations”

Nov 8        Timothy Lillicrap, Google: “Reward functions and the nature of explanation for intelligent neural systems”

Nov 15      Eva Telzer, UNC: “Neurobiological sensitivity to social context in adolescents”

Nov 22      Simon Eickhoff, Universität Düsseldorf: “From areas and networks to individual predictions”

Dec 6        Kenneth Norman, Princeton: “Computational principles of event memory”


Spring 2019 

Jan 18       Rebecca Waller, UPenn: “The Developmental Origins of Callous-Unemotional Traits”

Jan 25       Julia Leonard, MindCORE postdoc: “How social evidence affects persistence in early childhood”

Colin Twomey, MindCORE postdoc: “Talking about color: from individual perception to collective dynamics”

Feb 1         Catherine Hartley, NYU: “Developmental tuning of action selection”

Feb 8         John Krakauer, Johns Hopkins: “Exploring the cognitive-motor interface: motor skill, movement imitation, and procedural memory”

Feb 15       Sam Gershman, Harvard: “The compositional nature of human function learning”

Feb 22       Judit Gervain, Université Paris Descartes: “Early auditory and speech perception lays the foundations of language development”

Mar 1         Eric Turkheimer, UVA: “What is Intelligence? What is Heritability? What is the Heritability of Intelligence?”

Mar 15      Terry Jernigan, UCSD: “Developmental Population Neuroscience and the ABCD Study”

Mar 29      Christian Ruff, University of Zurich: “Dazed and confused? Neuro-computational origins of variability in goal-directed behavior”

Apr 5         Chaz Firestone, Johns Hopkins: “Taking a machine’s perspective”

Apr 12       Aaron Batista, University of Pittsburgh: “How Neural Population Activity Reorganizes with Learning”

Apr 19       21st Annual Pinkel Endowed Lecture: Cori Bargmann, Rockefeller University: “Organizing behavior across timescales”

May 3        Helen Mayberg, Mt. Sinai: “Depression Unstuck: Targeted Modulation of Mood and Motor Circuits using DBS”


Fall 2018 

Sep 14       Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, UPenn: “A Mouse Pain Scale: Assessment of Pain Sensation in Mice Using Sub-Second Behavioral Mapping and Statistical Modeling”

Sep 21       Adrianna Jenkins, UPenn: “Predicting flexible human social behavior”

Sep 28       Cendri Hutcherson, University of Toronto: “Neurocomputational insights into social decision making, morality, and self-control”

Oct 12       Leah Somerville, Harvard: “Using value to guide goal directed behavior: Neurodevelopmental mechanisms & behavioral consequences”

Oct 19       Brad Postle, University of Wisconsin – Madison: “Controlling the Contents of Working Memory”

Oct 26       David Barner, UCSD: “Linguistic origins of uniquely human abstract concepts”

Nov 2        Robert Hamilton, Neural Analytics, Inc.: “Applying Machine Learning & Medical Robotics for Cerebral Hemodynamic Assessment”

Nov 9        R. Alison Adcock, Duke: “Motivations to Learn: Neural Contexts and Their Regulation”

Nov 16      Felipe De Brigard, Duke University: “Varieties of counterfactual thinking”

Nov 30      Mark Histed, NIMH: “Cortical sensory processing at the single neuron level: circuits, computations, and behavior”

Dec 7        Kevin Zollman, Carnegie Mellon: “The concept of ‘signal’ in biological and social sciences


Spring 2018 – Interdisciplinary Mind & Brain (IMB) Seminar Series

 Jan 19       Moira Dillon, Harvard: “Propositioning Euclid in The Quad: From shapes in the world to shapes in the mind” 

Jan 26       Miguel Eckstein, UC Santa Barbara: “Rapidly Looking at Faces: A Sensory Optimization Theory”

Feb 2         Koleen McKrink, Barnard College: “Spatial Biases in Childhood”

Feb 16       Josh Tenenbaum, MIT: “On what you can’t learn from (merely) all the data in the world, and what else is needed”

Feb 23       Tim Gentner, UCSD: “Natural Acoustic Signals and their Neural Representation”

Mar 2         Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago: “The Resilience of Language and Gesture”

Mar 16      Talia Konkle, Harvard: “The shape of things and the organization of object-responsive cortex”

Mar 23      Alan Spector, Psychology, Florida State University: “Gastric Bypass: Taste, Palatability, and Food Selection”

Mar 30      Charan Ranganath, UC Davis: “The Where, When, and How of Episodic Memory, and Why it Matters”

Apr 6         20th Annual Pinkel Endowed Lecture: Leslie Valiant, Harvard University: “What Needs to be Added to Machine Learning?”

Apr 13       Jessica Cantlon, University of Rochester: “Primitive Math and Logic in the Developing Brain”

Apr 20       Roland Fleming, Universitat Geissen: “Visual Estimation of 3D Shape from Orientation Fields”

May 4        Jerome Busemeyer, Indiana University: “What Is Quantum Cognition, and How Is It Applied to Psychology?”


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