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Dan Jurafsky

October 24, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

"Automatically Extracting Social Meaning from Language"

Professor Jurafsky will describe three lines of research from our lab on computationally extracting social meaning from language, meaning that takes into account social relationships between people.

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Dan Kahan

November 14, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

"Science comprehension without curiosity is no virtue, and curiosity without comprehension no vice"

The presentation will review ongoing work on how science comprehension and science curiosity relate to public conflict over science-informed policymaking.

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Elizabeth Camp

November 28, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

Prof. Camp's research focuses on thoughts that don’t fit the propositional model of mind and language. In the realm of communication, this includes metaphor, sarcasm, slurs and insinuation; in the realm of thought, it extends to maps, animal cognition, imagination, and emotion.

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Haley Vlach

December 5, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

"Learning to forget, forgetting to learn: How memory shapes cognitive development"

The early years of life are an exciting period of growth and change in cognition. Children learn a seemingly infinite amount of new information despite limitations in their basic cognitive capacities, such as attention and memory abilities...

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Robert Slevc

January 9, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

Relationships between language and music: from sound to syntax

Linguistic and musical processing seem similar in some ways, but are differentially affected by brain damage. I will explore this mystery, highlighting domain-general category learning and cognitive control.


 

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Percival Matthews

January 16, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

Perceptual foundations for understanding numerical magnitudes

Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology

I will argue that more explicit attention to nonsymbolic ratio perception can account for the deep connections between whole numbers and other classes of number. 

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Ayanna Thomas

February 8, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

Improving Metamemory to Enhance Evaluative Thinking

Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology

Studies on metacognition often reveal deficiencies in what people think they remember and understand. However, in a variety of conditions and with different populations, metamemory monitoring can optimize thinking.

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Laura Hiatt

February 27, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

Cognitive Priming in Human and Autonomous Systems

Attended items prime related items in memory, guiding thoughts to the relevant and meaningful Our models show how priming explains human similarity judgments or feature inference, but can likewise help autonomous systems make sense of the world.

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Steven Sloman

April 10, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

Ignorance and the Community of Knowledge

We overestimate our own understanding, from common objects to political policies (e.g., the Affordable Care Act). I will argue that within a community of knowledge, we fail to distinguish what we know from the knowledge in other people's heads.

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Nazbanou Nozari

April 17, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

Monitoring and control in language production

In order to fully understand the functioning of the language production system and its disorders, one must understand how production processes are monitored and, when necessary, regulated by cognitive control.

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Linda Skitka

April 24, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

The social and political implications of moral conviction

Some of our attitudes seem more personally important or certain than others. When are attitudes simply strong, versus being moral convictions? I'll focus on political thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

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Text Analysis Workshop

April 30, 2018, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Text Analisys Workshop with James Pennebaker

April 30th and May 1st

This hands-on workshop will describe the logic of computer-based text analytic methods, with special emphasis on word counting approaches. Please see the Northwestern Cognitive Science website for details.

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James Pennebaker

May 1, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Swift Hall, 107

Analyzing language to understand social and psychological processes

The words we use in everyday life can reveal the ways we think, feel, and connect with others, helping us understand the psychology of individuals, groups, and cultures, across the past and present.

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