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Fall 2011 Cognitive Science Forum Schedule

The Cognitive Forum is held every Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Psychology 230 (unless otherwise noted).

September 2

Orientation and Welcome
Host: Zach Hambrick

September 9

Dr. Erik Altmann
Placekeeping after task interruption
Host: Lauren Harris

September 16

Dr. Chris Stecker (Washington)
How does the human brain understand auditory space?
Host: Susan Ravizza

September 23

Dr. Lauren Harris
We speak with the left hemisphere: The story of Paul Broca's discovery that change our understand of the human brain
Host: Tom Carr

September 30

DSS Discussion led by Dr. Suzanne Wagner
The quantitative study of language variation and change: Looking back over half a century
Host: Taosheng Liu

October 7

Dr. Lisa Sanders (UMass)
Temporally selective attention facilitates speech perception
Host: Devin McAuley

October 14

Dr. Zach Hambrick
Less than 10 hours of cognitive training produces sizeable increases in fluid intelligence: An extraordinary claim in need of extraordinary evidence
Host: Mark Becker

October 21

Dr. Judith Danovitch
In Google we trust? Children's reasoning about information and technology
Host: Kim Fenn

October 28

Dr. Taosheng Liu
Neural mechanisms of feature- and object-based attention
Host: Tim Pleskac

November 4

No forum (Psychonomics)

November 11

John Dewey
The frontoparietal controal network and sensory prediction during action and observation
Host: Erik Almann

November 18

Dr. Matt Zeigenfuse
Neural mechanisms of decision and preference
Host: Erik Almann

November 25

No forum (Thanksgiving)

December 2

Dr. Fred Dyer
Host: Lauren Harris

December 9

Dr. Mark Becker
Host:Zach Hambrick

Past Cognitive Forum Schedules: 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.

For older news, check out our news archive here.