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Spring 2012 Cognitive Science Forum Schedule

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

January 13

Dr. Kim Fenn
''Consolidation of generalized perceptual learning during sleep''
Host: Erik Altmann

January 20

Jonathan Hakun
''Working Memory Capacity: An Unhealthy Obsession with Size''
Host: Mark Becker

January 27

Dr. Noa Ofen, Wayne State University
''The development of memory systems in the brain''
Host: Judith Danovitch

February 3

DSS Discussion for Dr. Melvyn Goodale
Host: Tom Carr

February 10

Dr. Florian Kagerer, Department of Kinesiology
''Sensorimotor Adaptive Control: How Does Your Hand Get to the Coffee Mug?''
Host: Kim Fenn

February 17

Dr. Selin Aviyente, Department of Electrical Engineering (MSU)
''A Signal Processing Framework for Studying Functional Brain Networks During Cognitive Control''
Host: Zach Hambrick

February 24

Dr. Frank Bartlett
''Evolving Intelligence''
Host: Lauren Harris

March 2

3rd Year Student Talks
Alan Wedd - ''The factor structure and validity of the Montreal Battery of Evaluation and Amusia''
Youyang Hou - ''Hierarchical neural structure of spatial and feature based attention in frontoparietal network''
Host: Taosheng Liu

March 9

No forum (Spring Break)

March 16

2nd and 3rd Year Student Talks
Christine Shenouda - ''Preschoolers' trust in the testimony of males and females''
Shuli Yu - ''The dynamics of post-decisional processing in retrospective confidence judgments''
Host: Devin McAuley

March 23

1st and 2nd Year Student Talks
Reem Alzahabi - ''The influence of media multitasking on cognitive control''
Ellie Kim - ''Perceived duration of auditory oddballs: Effects of pitch distance and likelihood''
Tim Moran - ''Inefficient cognitive control in anxiety''
Host: Susan Ravizza

March 30

DSS Discussion for Dr. James Allen
Host: Tim Pleskac

April 6

Dr. Mario Fific, Grand Valley State University
''The Stopping-Rule Selection Theory (SRST) for Evidence Collection: How to Throw a Cast Net''
Host: Tom Carr

April 13

DSS Discussion for Dr. Adrian Owen
Host: Lauren Harris

April 20

No forum (Multicultural Talk)

April 27

Jessica Gamache
''An eye-tracking perspective on prosodic disambiguation''
Host: Zach Hambrick

Past Cognitive Forum Schedules: Fall 2011 -Spring 2010 - Fall 2010 - Spring 2011

MSU CogSci in the News and Announcements

Prof. Arun Ross was one of four panelists in a BBC Newshour Extra program titled Facing the Future, moderated by journalist Owen Bennet Jones. The panel discussed advancements made from automated face recognition and also personal privacy and biometrics. [link]

Prof. William Hartmann was awarded the 2017 Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Gold Medal for his contributions to the field of acoustics. His research has dealt with the perceptual analysis of sounds from varying sources, processing pitch, how humans localize sounds in space, and more. [link]

Profs. Devin McAuley and Natalie Phillips received an NSF Grant, The Role of Narrative in Music Perception, to study the factors which shape narrative listening to music and the relationship between narrative listening and other aspects of musical perception. [link]

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.