Distinguished Fellows for 2014-2015

Oct 20, 27, 2014
Nov 03, 2014
Timothy Wilson

Timothy Wilson is Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Wilson’s social psychological research interests include many facets of self-knowledge and social cognition. In research on affective forecasting, for example, he examines how well people can predict their emotional reactions to future events. In studies on fantasy and daydreaming, he has been looking at the conditions under which people can entertain themselves with their own minds versus getting bored. His research has received the support of the National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Mental Health. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and a member of the Social and Groups Processes Review Committee at the National Institute of Mental Health. He has been elected twice to the Executive Board of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and is a Fellow in the American Psychological Society. Dr. Wilson has published in a wide variety of scholarly journals and is the author of Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change (2011, Little, Brown and Co.), Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious (2002, Harvard University Press) and co-author of a textbook: Social Psychology (Prentice Hall), now in its 8th edition.

The following lectures will be held at 4:00 PM in Bren Hall 4L, Room 4016:

October 20     Just Think: The Challenges and Benefits of the Disengaged Mind

October 27     Self-Knowledge: Knowing Our Past, Present, and Future Selves

November 3     Redirect: Changing People's Behavior by Changing Their Stories


Jan 14, 28, 2015Terry Sejnowski

Terry Sejnowski is an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Francis Crick Chair at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and a Professor of Biology at the University of California, San Diego. At UCSD, he is co-director of the Institute for Neural Computation and co-director of the NSF Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center. Dr. Sejnowski is a pioneer in computational neuroscience and his goal is to understand the principles that link brain to behavior. His laboratory uses both experimental and modeling techniques to study the biophysical properties of synapses and neurons and the population dynamics of large networks of neurons. New computational models and new analytical tools have been developed to understand how the brain represents the world and how new representations are formed through learning algorithms for changing the synaptic strengths of connections between neurons. He has published over 500 scientific papers and 12 books, including The Computational Brain, with Patricia Churchland. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, one of only 10 living persons to be a member of all 3 national academies.

The following lectures will be held at 4:00 PM in Bren Hall 4L, Room 4016:

January 14     Connecting the Dots on the BRAIN Initiative

January 28     Your Brain is Smarter than You Think


Feb 23, 2015
Mar 02, 2015
Kâmil Uğurbil

Kâmil Uğurbil is the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair Professorship in Radiology, Neurosciences, and Medicine and is the Director of the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Uğurbil’s research centers around magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and spectroscopy in general, ultrahigh field (UHF) MR methodology and instrumentation in particular, and the use of these methods in biomedical applications, predominantly in neuroimaging. Dr. Uğurbil’s body of work has been recognized by several honors, including election into the Academy of Arts and Sciences, Institute of Medicine, International Society of Magnetic Resonance (Fellow), National Institute of Mental Health (Scientific Advisory Board) and the Academy of Device Innovators. He is a recipient of the Richard Ernst Medal, he has given numerous prestigious invited lectures and has a plethora of publications in the top journals in his field, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Neuron, Neuroimage, and Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Finally, he is a member of the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Working Group and co-Principal Investigator of the Human Connectome Project (http://humanconnectome.org/).

The following lectures will be held at 4:00 PM in Bren Hall 4L, Room 4016:

February 23    Working at the Intersection between Physics and Neuroscience: Challenges and Opportunities in Ultrahigh Magnetic Field Imaging of Brain Function and Connectivity

March 2          Imaging the Human Connectome with Advanced Methodology and Instrumentation in the Human Connectome Project


Apr 06, 13, 27, 2015Alfonso Caramazza

Alfonso Caramazza is the Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard University. He is also Director of the Harvard Summer Program in Mind/Brain Sciences in Trento, Italy and Visiting Scientist, Radiology Services, Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Caramazza’s research explores the nature and organization of language processing and conceptual representations in the brain. His earlier work focused on lexical access and language comprehension; he has studied these topics extensively in patients, documenting a series of dissociations within the language system in the presence of neurological injury (e.g., after stroke). In addition to patient work, his research group also explores the neural organization of language processing (e.g., grammatical category, action content) in healthy individuals using a variety of research techniques including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and behavioral techniques. He is a recipient of the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award and has been elected to the Society of Experimental Psychologists. Dr. Caramazza has published in a wide variety of scholarly journals, and he is the author of Issues in Reading Writing and Speaking: A Neuropsychological Perspective (1991, Kluwer Academic Publishers), editor of Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neurolinguistics: Advances in Models of Cognitive Function and Impairment (1990, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates), and co-editor of The Acquisition and Breakdown of Language: Parallels and Divergencies (1978, The Johns Hopkins Press).

The following lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in Bren Hall 4L, Room 4016:

April 6     Principles that Guide the Organization of Object Knowledge in the Brain

April 13    How are Word Form, Meaning and Grammatical Class Related? Clues from Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging

April 27    Levels of Representation in Mind/Brain: What Good are Sensory-Motor Representations?


May 04, 11, 18, 2015Renée Baillargeon

Renée Baillargeon is the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Center for Advanced Study Professor and Director of the Infant Cognition Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Baillargeon’s research examines cognitive development in infancy and focuses primarily on causal reasoning in four core domains: physical reasoning, psychological reasoning, biological reasoning, and sociomoral reasoning. She explores how infants make sense of the events they observe, and what explanatory frameworks and learning mechanisms enable them to do so. Dr. Baillargeon has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship (Stanford University). She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Cognitive Science Society and in 2013 she received the Fyssen Foundation International Prize for research in human cognitive development.

The following lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in Bren Hall 4L, Room 4016:

May 4      Physical and Biological Reasoning in Infancy

May 11    Psychological Reasoning in Infancy

May 18    Sociomoral Reasoning in Infancy


May 27, 2015
Jun 01, 08, 2015
Charan Ranganath

Charan Ranganath is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Dynamic Memory Laboratory at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Ranganath studies the neural and functional organization of human memory processes in healthy individuals and in people with memory disorders. His research uses a number of methods, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), scalp electroencephalography (EEG), and direct electrocorticography (ECoG) recordings from the human brain. Using these techniques, Dr. Ranganath has investigated the brain mechanisms that support memory for past events (episodic memory), and the maintenance of remembered information to guide future behavior (working memory). Dr. Ranganath’s work has been highly cited and recognized with several awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in Neuroscience, the Laird Cermak Award from the Memory Disorders Research Society, the Samuel Sutton Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Human ERPs and Cognition, the Chancellor’s Fellow award from UC Davis, and the Young Investigator Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

The following lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in Bren Hall 4L, Room 4016:

May 27    How Are Memories Organized in the Brain?

June 1     Two Cortical Systems for Memory-Guided Behavior

June 8     Motivated Memory: How a Little Motivation Helps Memories to Stick


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