Lecture Series in 2013-2014

Unless otherwise noted all lectures will be in Psychology 1312 on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.


Sep 26, 2013
Multitasking: The Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Effects

Dr. Clifford Nass was the Thomas M. Storke Professor at Stanford University; he had been a professor at Stanford since 1986. His primary appointment was in Communication; he also had appointments by courtesy in Computer Science, Education, Law, and Sociology, and was affiliated with the programs in Science, Technology, and Society and Symbolic Systems (cognitive science). Nass had two primary areas of research: (1) social-psychological aspects of human-interactive media interaction and (2) the cognitive and social-emotional effects of chronic media multitasking. Nass founded and directed the Communication between Humans and Interactive Media (CHIMe) Lab and the Revs Program at Stanford and codirected the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University (CARS). Nass authored three books and over 150 papers on the psychology of technology and statistical methodology. As a consultant, Nass applied his research to over 250 media products and services for companies including Google, Microsoft, Toyota, Nissan, Philips, Sony, Time-Warner, and Charles Schwab. He passed away unexpectedly on November 2, 2013.

Oct 17, 2013
Face to Face, Brain to Brain: Exploring the Mechanisms of Dyadic Social Interactions

Uri Hasson is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University. He completed his Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute in Israel and was a postdoctoral fellow at NYU before moving to Princeton. Dr. Hasson’s research program aims to understand how the brain processes real-life complex information and interacts with the environment; with a focus on integration of complex information over time and the interaction between two individuals and two brains during natural communication. He has published in the major journals of the field, including Science, Nature Neuroscience, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Neuron, Journal of Neurophysiology, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, NeuroImage, Trends in Cognitive Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dec 05, 2013
Merging Mind and Machine

John Donoghue is Henry Merritt Wriston Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University, Director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, VA Senior Career Research Scientist, and Director of the Center of Excellence for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, Rehabilitation R&D Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, RI. From 1991 to 2006, Dr. Donoghue was the founding Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience at Brown. For more than 20 years, Dr. Donoghue has conducted research on brain computer interfaces and his laboratory is internationally recognized as a leader in this field. Dr. Donoghue has published over 80 scientific articles in leading journals such as Nature and Science, and has won awards for his work from Discover, Popular Mechanics, and Reader’s Digest magazines. In 2007, he won the K. J. Zulch Prize, Germany's highest honor for neurological research. Dr. Donoghue is a fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as a member of the board of directors for the MIT Media Lab. Dr. Donoghue received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Brown University in 1979.

Jan 16, 2014
Social Regulation of Human Gene Expression

Steve Cole is a Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the UCLA School of Medicine. His research studies the biological pathways by which social environments influence gene expression by viral, cancer, and immune cell genomes. Dr. Cole received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1993 and completed 5 years of Post-Doctoral Fellowship research in psycho-neuro-immunology at UCLA. Dr. Cole is also a member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Norman Cousins Center, the UCLA AIDS Institute, and the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Dr. Cole serves as Director of the UCLA Social Genomics Core Laboratory, and provides consulting support on social regulation of gene expression to the Institute of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the Santa Fe Institute for Complex Systems, and the MacArthur Foundation, among others.

Mar 06, 2014
Probabilistic Models of Sensorimotor Control and Decision Making

Daniel Wolpert is Royal Society Noreen Murray Research Professor of Engineering and Professorial Fellow, Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. He received his D.Phil. in Physiology at Oxford University, and he worked under Mike Jordan as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He joined the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, University College London as a Lecturer in 1995, and in 2005 moved to the University of Cambridge as Professor of Engineering. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004 and was awarded the Royal Society Francis Crick Prize Lecture (2005), the Minerva Foundation Golden Brain Award (2010) was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (2012). In 2009, Dr. Wolpert gave the Fred Kavli Distinguished International Scientist Lecture at the Society for Neuroscience.  His lab, the Sensorimotor Learning Group, uses engineering approaches to understand how the human brain controls movement. The work includes both computational modeling and experimental approaches using robotic and virtual reality interfaces. Research areas include motor planning and optimal control, probabilistic (Bayesian) models, motor predictive and modular approaches to motor learning.

Mar 13, 2014
Some Problems in Human Prospection

Daniel Gilbert is Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He is a social psychologist known for his research (with Timothy Wilson of the University of Virginia) on affective forecasting. He is the author of the international bestseller Stumbling on Happiness, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and which won the 2007 Royal Society Prizes for Science Books. Dr. Gilbert has won numerous awards for his teaching and research, including the Harvard College Professorship, the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. In 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, TIME, and others. His short stories have appeared in Amazing Stories and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, as well as other magazines and anthologies. He has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows including 20/20, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, and The Colbert Report. He is the co-writer and host of the 6-hour NOVA television series "This Emotional Life" which aired on PBS in January 2010 and won several Telly Awards.

This lecture will be held at 4 PM in Engineering Science Building (ESB) 1001.

Apr 10, 2014
Reason, Rationality, and Rules: A Short History of the Way We Think Now

Lorraine Daston is Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She has published on a wide range of topics in the history of science, including the history of probability and statistics, wonders in early modern science, the emergence of the scientific fact, scientific models, objects of scientific inquiry, the moral authority of nature, and the history of scientific objectivity. She has taught at Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis, and Göttingen Universities, as well as at the University of Chicago, where she is Visiting Professor of Social Thought and History. She has also held visiting positions in Paris and Vienna and given the Isaiah Berlin Lectures at the University of Oxford (1999), the Tanner Lectures at Harvard University (2002), the West Lectures at Stanford University (2005), and the Humanitas Lecture at the University of Oxford (2013). She has twice won the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society and was awarded the Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society and the Schelling Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in 2012. Dr. Daston is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Corresponding Member of the British Academy, as well as a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Leopoldina. Dr. Daston was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2010. She is currently completing a book on moral and natural orders. Histories of Scientific Observation, co-edited with Elizabeth Lunbeck, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2011.

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