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Albert Newen

February 21, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Cognition and Perception: Does higher-order background information influence our perceptual experience?

Co-sponsored with the Philosophy Department

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Sara Grady

February 28, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

TUTORIAL: Telling the stories of your analysis

Neuroscience, psychology, and learning design researchers keep confirming what may seem obvious: storytelling is a key way human minds remember and make sense of information. Sara Grady – editor of HELIX magazine and science writing instructor at Northwestern – will un pack successful science stories and explore the nuts and bolts of narrative.

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Within a well-designed graph or data visualization, the eyes can be a powerful tool for understanding patterns in data. But within a poorly-designed depiction of the same data, the same tasks can be inefficient, or even overwhelming.

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Signal and Noise in Science

April 27, 2017, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Professor Daniel Simons (University of Illinois) will discuss how these reasoning errors have led to a reproducibility 'crisis' and how improved scientific practices can better filter the signal from the noise. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion among Prof. Simons and three Northwestern faculty: Jennifer Tackett, Blake McShane, and Eli Finkel.

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CogSci Fest

May 2, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Hear about the work of graduate Cognitive Science Advanced Fellowship winners and senior thesis students.


Michael Strevens

May 9, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

"Conceptual Innovation in Science without Definitions"

I will give a new account, about one-half philosophy and one-half psychology, of how novel scientific concepts—such as 'magnetism', 'phlogiston', 'phylum', 'gene', 'general intelligence', 'symbolic capital'—are introduced into science.

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Is the route to human level intelligence paved with Big Data?

Will new advances in machine learning combine with Big Data to produce a better understanding of the human mind and brain? What do the successes and limitations of these new techniques tell us about human thought?

Join experts Niko Kriegskorte (UCL) and Tom Griffiths (Berkeley), and a panel of Northwestern faculty: Mitra Hartmann, Jennifer Cole, and Ken Forbus.

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