Distinguished Fellows for 2016-2017

Oct 10, 17, 2016David Poeppel

David Poeppel is Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University (NYU). From 1998 to 2008, he was a professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland College Park, where he ran the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language laboratory. In 2009 he arrived at NYU, where he has supervised research on language, speech, and hearing. In June 2014, Professor Poeppel was appointed a director of the newly established Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. He is a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin (Institute for Advanced Studies), a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a guest professor at several institutions. Professor Poeppel’s research employs behavioral and cognitive neuroscience approaches to study the brain basis of auditory processing, speech perception and language comprehension. Well-known contributions of the Poeppel laboratory include: the functional anatomic model of language developed with Greg Hickok; research on lateralization in auditory processing; and experimental work on the role of neuronal oscillations in audition and speech perception. He also writes and lectures about methodological questions at the interdisciplinary boundary between cognitive science research and brain research. With Greg Hickok, he is moderator of the Talking Brains blog.

The following lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in Psychology 1312:

October 10     Speech is Special and Language is Structured

October 17     On the Insufficiency of Correlational Cognitive Neuroscience


Nov 03, 07, 14, 2016Todd Heatherton

Todd Heatherton (Ph.D. University of Toronto) is the Lincoln Filene Professor in Human Relations in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College. His recent research takes a social brain sciences approach, which combines theories and methods of evolutionary psychology, social cognition, and cognitive neuroscience to examine the neural underpinnings of social behavior. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and serves on many editorial boards and grant review panels. He was elected President of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology in 2011 and has served on the executive committees of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, the Association of Researchers in Personality, and the International Society of Self & Identity. His recent awards and honors include election as an Inaugural Fellow of the Society for Social Neuroscience, 2015, election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012, and the Carol and Ed Diener Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Contributions to Personality Psychology, 2011. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

The following lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in Psychology 1312:

November 3     Cognitive Neuroscience of Self:  A Google Model

November 7     A Balance Model of Self-Regulatory Failure

November 14   Multitasking, Externality, and Childhood Obesity


Jan 19, 23, 2017Ian Morris

Ian Morris is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor in Classics and Professor in History at Stanford University. After earning his PhD at Cambridge University, he taught at the University of Chicago from 1987 through 1995. Since 1995 he has been at Stanford. He was one of the founders of the Stanford Archaeology Center and has served two terms as its director. He has published extensively on the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean and on world history. Dr. Morris is an award-winning author, including Why the West Rules--For Now (2010), the companion volume The Measure of Civilization (2013), and War! What is it Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots (2014). He has been awarded research fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Hoover Institution, National Endowment for the Humanities, Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., and Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Morris is also a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and has been awarded honorary degrees by De Pauw University and Birmingham University. In 2012 his work was the subject of a lengthy profile in the Chronicle of Higher Education. He delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University in 2012.

The following lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in Psychology 1312:

January 19     Each Age Gets the Thought It Needs: How Human Values Evolve

January 23     How We Outgrew Violence: 10,000 Years of Learning to Solve Problems without Killing Each Other


Feb 09, 13, 16, 23, 2017Sarah-Jayne and Sir Colin Blakemore

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. She is Leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Her group's research focuses on the development of social cognition and decision making during human adolescence, and involves a variety of behavioural (psychophysics, eye-tracking, motion capture) and neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI and MEG) methods. Dr. Blakemore gave a TED talk at TEDGlobal, Edinburgh, 2012, which has had over one million views. Dr. Blakemore also has an interest in the links between neuroscience and education. She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Sir Colin Blakemore is Professor of Neuroscience & Philosophy, and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, in the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He worked in the medical school at Oxford for 33 years and from 2003-7 was Chief Executive of the UK Medical Research Council, the British equivalent of NIH. His research has focused on vision, development of the brain, and neurodegenerative disease. He was one of the first to emphasize the importance of plasticity in brain function. Sir Colin now leads a major project aimed at integrating philosophical and scientific approaches to the study of perception. Sir Colin has been President of the British Science Association, the British Neuroscience Association, the Physiological Society and the Society of Biology. His many honors include the Ralph Gerard Prize, the highest award of the Society for Neuroscience, the Faraday Prize and the Ferrier Prize from the Royal Society, and, in 2016, the Elise and Walter A Haas International Award from UC Berkeley. He was knighted in 2014 for “services to scientific research, policy and outreach”.

The following lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in Psychology 1312:

February 9       Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: Structural and Functional Development of the Adolescent Brain

February 13     Sir Colin Blakemore: Seeing in Three Dimensions. Learning from Michelangelo’s Mistake

February 16      Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: Adolescence as a Sensitive Period of Brain Development

February 23     Sir Colin Blakemore: What’s So Special about the Human Brain?



Apr 10, 2017Greg Hickok

Greg Hickok is Professor of Cognitive Sciences and Director of the Center for Language Science at the University of California, Irvine. After receiving his Ph.D. in Psychology from Brandeis University, Dr. Hickok was a post-doctoral fellow under Steven Pinker at the MacDonnell-Pew Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT. Following research and teaching positions at the University of California, San Diego and The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, he moved in 1996 to the Department of Cognitive Sciences at UC Irvine. Dr. Hickok's research interests include the functional anatomy of speech/language, the cortical auditory system, fMRI, and neuropsychological methods. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Psychonomic Bulletin Review, and Past President of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Dr. Hickok is the author of The Myth of Mirror Neurons (2014). With David Poeppel, he is moderator of the Talking Brains blog.

The following lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in Psychology 1312:

April 10     Inside the Language Instinct: How the Brain Creates Language


May 01, 08, 2017Alan Kingstone

Alan Kingstone is Distinguished University Scholar Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kingstone received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Manchester (UK). After working at the University of California, Davis in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, he took a faculty position at the University of Alberta in the Department of Psychology. In 1999, Alan joined the University of British Columbia's Department of Psychology. As Director of the Brain and Attention Research (BAR) Lab, Dr. Kingstone applies a multidisciplinary approach to studying human behavior, cognition, and attention in complex settings. His lab's efforts include, but are not limited to, natural observation, neuropsychological, and functional neuroimaging research. That this multidisciplinary work exists within a single research laboratory is one of the BAR lab’s tremendous strengths. Dr. Kingstone is coeditor of The Handbook of Attention (2015) and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada and the Association for Psychological Science.

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