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Spring 2017 Cognitive Science Forum Schedule

The Cognitive Forum is held every Friday at 11:00 am in Psychology 230 (unless otherwise noted).

January 13

Peter Kvam, Michigan State University
Dissertation Defense - Modeling decisions among many alternatives

January 20

Dr. Katy Thakkar, Michigan State University, Psychology
Prediction in the oculomotor system of individuals with psychosis

January 27

Dr. Zach Hambrick, Michigan State University, Psychology
Testing the Circumvention-of-Limits Hypothesis: A Knowledge-Activation Approach

February 3

Dr. Joe Cesario, Michigan State University, Psychology
Are Officers Biased in the Decision to Shoot? Analyses of Laboratory and Real Decision Data

February 10

Dr. James Dulebohn, Michigan State University, Human Resources and Labor Relations
Neuroscience Insights into Employee Fairness Evaluations and Decision-Making

February 17

Dr. Mengyuan Gong, Michigan State University, Psychology
Modulation of feature-based attentional priority by reward history and physical salience

February 24

Dr. Ralf Schmaelzle, Michigan State University, Communication Arts & Sciences
Engaged listeners, tuned in viewers: Shared neural processing of real-world messages

March 3

No Forum, Spring Break

March 17

Dr. Brad Gibson, University of Notre Dame
The Secondary Memory Component of Working Memory: Deficient in ADHD and Neglected in Adaptive Working Memory Training

March 24

Student presentations: Katelyn Wills & Stella Qian

March 31

Student presentations: Jingtai Liu & Michelle Stepan

April 7

Student presentations: Ming Fang & Gozde Senturk

April 14

Student presentations: Alex Burgoyne & Lauren Amick

April 21

Student presentations: Carrie Kroger & Chad Peltier

April 28

Dr. Mark Reimers, Michigan State University, Neuroscience
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Past Cognitive Science Forum Schedules: Fall 2016 - Spring 2016 - Fall 2015 - Spring 2015 - Fall 2014 - Spring 2014 - Fall 2013 - Spring 2013 - Fall 2012 - Spring 2012 - Fall 2011 - Spring 2010 - Fall 2010 - Spring 2011

MSU CogSci in the News and Announcements

Prof. Arun Ross and his colleague from NYU have had their research on the security of mobile fingerprint scanning featured in The New York Times, MSU Today, Popular Science, Homeland Security News Wire, and Science 360 News.

Professors Arun Ross, Xiaoming Liu, and Anil Jain received a 4-year grant from IARPA to conduct research on Presentation Attack Detection for fingerprint, face and iris biometric systems. [link]

CSE student Thomas Swearingen and his adviser Prof. Arun Ross won the runner up award for best paper at ISBA 2017. [link]

Research on laptop use and classroom learning by Prof. Susan Ravizza, Mitchell Uitvlugt, and Prof. Kim Fenn was featured in US News, BYU Radio, The Conversation, and numerous higher education journals [1, 2, 3, 4].

Prof. Cristina Schmitt received an NSF Grant, Effects of Variation and Variability in the Acquisition of Two Dialects of Spanish, to study first language acquisition of Spanish in the context of variability caused by contact between two very different varieties of Spanish: Paraguayan Spanish, which is heavily influenced by Guaraní (an indigenous language), and Rioplatense Spanish (spoken in Buenos Aires). [link]

Prof. Aline Godfroid received a Language Learning Early Career Research Grant for her validation project on "Measuring implicit and explicit L2 knowledge: Synthesizing 12 years of research."

Prof. Mark Becker has published five papers so far this year in Perception,Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance,Packaging Technology and Science,Visual Cognition, and Applied Ergonomics.

Sunpreet Arora and Anil Jain were part of a team that won Best Paper at BioSig 2016 for their paper titled "3D Whole Hand Targets: Evaluating Slap and Contactless Fingerprint Readers".

Dr. Anil Jain was part of a team that won Best Poster at BioSig 2016 for a poster titled "Advances in Capturing Child Fingerprints: A High Resolution CMOS Image Sensor with SLDR Method".

Dr. Anil Jain and Dr. Arun Ross were awarded a three-year NSF grant under the Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program for their proposal entitled "Imparting Privacy to Biometric Data in Cyberspace".

Dr. Arun Ross (with Dr. Nasir Memon, NYU) was awarded a three-year NSF grant for their project entitled "The Master Print: Investigating and Addressing Vulnerabilities in Fingerprint-based Authentication Systems".

Science writer Carl Sherman's story on stuttering for the Dana Foundation website, titled Seeking Clues to Stuttering Deep Within the Brain, featured research by Prof. Devin McAuley.

Summer 2016
Dr. Mark Becker was invited by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to present his work investigating individual differences in cognition and personality that predict rare target detection at their Workshop on Developing Personnel Selection Tools for Forensic Scientists.

Summer 2016
Prof. Mark Reimers and colleague Bruce McNaughton received an NSF grant to study the dynamics of hippocampal-cortical communication during memory formation and recall.

Summer 2016
Prof. Susan Ravizza became a senior editor for the journal Brain Research.

Summer 2016
Prof. Mark Reimers received a Templeton Foundation grant to study the molecular coherence of genetic variants related to behavioral traits, including IQ.

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