2/1UCHI Fellow's Talk: Stefan Kaufmann
UCHI Fellow's Talk: Stefan KaufmannWednesday, February 1st, 202303:30 PM - 04:30 PMStorrs CampusHumanities Institute Conference Room
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2/2The Brain's Task Control Networks in Youth and Relations to Academic Performance
The Brain's Task Control Networks in Youth and Relations to Academic PerformanceThursday, February 2nd, 202302:00 PM - 03:30 PMStorrs CampusOak Hall 408
The brain's task control networks in youth and relations to academic performance
Jessica Church-Lang PhD
University of Texas, Austin
Academic success directly relates to career success and future earnings, while task control, often assessed as executive function, predicts academic success. The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience lab at UT Austin studies how the brain’s putative task control networks relate to academic success and mental health in children and adolescents over time. For this talk, I will first review some of our work on the consistency of control network engagement across different tasks in youth. I will then touch on some studies of individual differences in control-related brain activity among struggling and non-struggling readers, including research with middle school English language learners, conducted through our participation in the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities (TCLD; http://texasldcenter.org)Contact Information: email@example.com More
2/3Linguistics Colloquium: Colin Phillips (University of Maryland)
Linguistics Colloquium: Colin Phillips (University of Maryland)Friday, February 3rd, 202304:00 PM - 06:00 PMStorrs CampusOak Hall"Arguments, Prediction, and Production”
At the start of the pandemic, when we were unable to use some of our favorite comprehension measures (e.g., EEG, eye-tracking), we turned to eliciting speech production online. This turned out to be both rewarding and surprising. First, recording what people say and when they say it works rather well via the internet. Second, the production measures reveal greater sensitivity than we had seen in parallel comprehension studies. Studies on argument role reversals, such as “This is the the waitress that the customer served” show a striking contrast. In EEG and eye-tracking studies, it is commonly found that the verb “served” is processed as if it is unsurprising in a reversal, despite the fact that it is anomalous. This had led us and others to conclude that comprehenders initially ignore argument roles when generating expectations for upcoming words. But in a speeded cloze paradigm, where speakers must complete fragments like “This is the waitress that the customer …” as fast as possible, their responses are overwhelmingly appropriate, even when timing is matched with comprehension studies. This indicates that when speakers self-generate continuations, they are highly sensitive to argument roles. We had assumed that these measures were tapping into the same underlying cognitive processes. The contrast between measures challenges that assumption. This puzzle has set us on an interesting path in which we combine computational modeling and many different experimental probes, to try to get to the bottom of where argument-role insensitivity comes from. This, in turn, pushes us to think more critically about prediction mechanisms in psycholinguistics, and about the relation between speaking and understanding. In a fun twist, it also led us to run studies on the floor of the new Planet Word Museum in Washington DC. This allowed us to test children and seniors. It forced us to make our experiments a LOT more user-friendly. And it taught us that if we do this, then researchers and participants alike have much more fun doing psycholinguistic research.
2/3Philosophy Department Colloquium: Alena Wolflink (University of Denver)
Philosophy Department Colloquium: Alena Wolflink (University of Denver)Friday, February 3rd, 202304:00 PM - 06:00 PMStorrs CampusHumanities Institute Conference Room, Homer Babbidge LibraryAlena Wolflink (University of Denver)
Value is typically theorized from the frameworks of economic theory or of moral/ethical theory, but in her new book, "Claiming Value," Alena Wolflink argues that we need to instead think about value foremost as political. Discussing a tension in value discourses between material and aspirational life, she shows that erasing this tension, as has been the historical tendency, can entrench existing configurations of power and privilege, while acknowledging the tension is a vital part of democratic practice. Wolflink argues that abstractions of value discourse in both economic theory and moral philosophy have been complicit in devaluing the lives of women, queer people, and people of color. Yet she further argues that value claims nonetheless hold democratic potential as a means of asserting and defining priorities that center the role of political economy in the making of political communities.
2/10Logic Colloquium: Eugenio Orlandelli (Bologna)
Logic Colloquium: Eugenio Orlandelli (Bologna)Friday, February 10th, 202302:00 PM - 03:30 PMStorrs CampusZoom
Eugenio Orlandelli (Bologna)
Quantified modal logics: One approach to rule them all!
We present a general approach to quantified modal logics (QML) that can simulate most other approaches. The language is based on operators indexed by terms which allow to express de re modalities and to control the interaction of modalities with the first-order machinery and with non-rigid designators. The semantics is based on a primitive counterpart relation holding between n-tuples of objects inhabiting possible worlds. This allows an object to be represented by one, many or no object in an accessible world. Moreover by taking as primitive a relation between n-tuples we avoid the shortcomings of standard individual counterparts. Finally, we use cut-free labelled sequent calculi to give a proof-theoretic characterisation of the quantified extensions of each first-order definable propositional modal logic. In this way we show how to complete many axiomatically incomplete QML.
2/10ECOM Speaker Series: Alison Springle
ECOM Speaker Series: Alison SpringleFriday, February 10th, 202304:00 PM - 05:00 PMStorrs CampusFSB220
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2/17Linguistics Colloquium: Robert Stalnaker (MIT)
Linguistics Colloquium: Robert Stalnaker (MIT)Friday, February 17th, 202304:00 PM - 06:00 PMStorrs CampusOak HallJoin us in the Logic Colloquium for a talk by Robert Stalnaker!
2/17Sixth Annual Ruth Garrett Millikan Graduate Research Fellowship
Sixth Annual Ruth Garrett Millikan Graduate Research FellowshipFriday, February 17th, 202304:00 PM - 06:00 PMStorrs CampusHumanities Institute Conference Room, Homer Babbidge LibraryThe recipient of this Fellowship will be an outstanding ABD graduate student in Philosophy who will use it to further her or his research and professional preparation in the summer of 2023.
The Ruth Garrett Millikan Graduate Research Fellowship was created in 2017 with the aid of generous admirers, friends, and colleagues of Professor Ruth Garrett Millikan, one of the world’s most distinguished living philosophers, and a cherished member of UConn’s philosophical community.
Light refreshments will be served.Contact Information: Heather Battaly (firstname.lastname@example.org) More
2/22UCHI Fellow's Talk: Sandy Grande
UCHI Fellow's Talk: Sandy GrandeWednesday, February 22nd, 202303:30 PM - 04:30 PMStorrs CampusHumanities Institute Conference Room
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Reading GroupThursday, February 23rd, 202301:00 PM - 02:00 PMStorrs CampusUCHI
2/24CogSci Colloquium: Thomas Naselaris
CogSci Colloquium: Thomas NaselarisFriday, February 24th, 202304:00 PM - 05:30 PMStorrs CampusOak Hall Room 117
Time & Location: 4PM, Friday February 24th, 2023, in Oak Hall Room 117. Please RSVP on the COGS colloquium page.
Talk Title: “Why Do We Have Mental Images?”
Abstract: Everyone who experiences mental imagery is the world expert on the contents of their own mental images. We argue that this privileged perspective on one’s own mental images provides very limited understanding about the function of mental imagery, which can only be understood by proposing and testing hypotheses about the computational work that mental images do. We propose that mental imagery functions as a useful form of inference that is conditioned on visual beliefs. We implement this form of inference in a simple generative model of natural scenes, and show that it makes testable predictions about differences in tuning to seen and imagined features. We confirm these predictions with a large-scale fMRI experiment in which human brain activity was sampled while subjects generated hundreds of mental images. We speculate that ongoing mental imagery may impact the structure of noise correlations in the visual system, and present a preliminary analysis of the Natural Scenes Dataset that appears to be consistent with these speculations.
Bio: Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, and a member of the Medical Discovery Team on Optical Imaging and Brain Science at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. He is co-founder and currently Executive Chair of the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience.Contact Information: email@example.com More
2/25Kinds of Action Graduate Conference
Kinds of Action Graduate ConferenceSaturday, February 25th, 202312:00 AM - 11:59 PMStorrs CampusZoom