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Conference on Higher-Order Cognition

NC State University’s Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative has organized a conference on Higher-Order Cognition for September 25-26, 2016.


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Post Doc/Lab Mgr Job Opportunities

The Bergelson Lab at Duke is seeking1-2 *postdoctoral* researchers.The Bergelson Lab studies language acquisition, with a focus on early word learning. Research projects in the lab investigate both the relation between word learning and other aspects of linguistic representation (phonetics, syntax, prosody) and the interface between word learning and
socio-cognitive development writ large.Researchers in the lab will use *corpus* methods to analyze the SEEDLingS Corpus <> (a rich longitudinal audio/video/comprehension/production corpus), and *behavioral* methods (e.g. eye-tracking, discrimination, and production studies) to query infant language development.

*Desiderata include:*
* strong statistics/analysis background
* knowledge of relevant software & programming tools (e.g. Praat, Python, Audacity, Datavyu, R)
* evidence of publication-quality dissertation research
* experience in human research design and implementation (cognition and/or developmental psych, cogsci, linguistics, and related fields)
* coursework and research expertise in *more than one* of the following:
psycholinguistics, longitudinal data analysis, statistical modeling, corpus research, spoken language comprehension, eyetracking analysis, language production, individual differences research, automated speech recognition,
visual saliency analyses

To apply, please send an email to with the subject line “Bergelson Postdoc Application” and the following items:
a) current CV (including names and contact details of 3 references)
b) dissertation summary (1-2 pages)
c) letter of Interest highlighting how your research background complements the labs’ interests.

Applications will be reviewed beginning *May 1st* and will continue until 1-2 suitable candidates are selected.Start date negotiable, preferably between 6/1/17 and 9/1/17. PhD must be in-hand at start of postdoc.

The Bergelson Lab at Duke <>, an NIH and
NEH funded lab in Duke’s Psychology & Neuroscience department, is looking to hire an excited, competent, and detail-oriented recent graduate to be an active member of our research team as *lab manager*. The lab’s focus is on
language development, and in particular, on how word learning interfaces with other levels of linguistic representation, and other dimensions of cognitive and social development.

The lab manager position entails working with families, infants, and toddlers, and a team of researchers from the undergraduate to postdoctoral level.The lab manager’s duties will include:
* managing a team of RAs in various annotation-related tasks for the home recordings in the SEEDLingS Corpus
* scheduling and running in-lab eyetracking and discrimination experiments with infants and adults,
* data processing, coding, and analysis,
* vocabulary assessment and other cognitive development measures,
* miscellaneous aspects of project and lab upkeep.This would be an excellent position for someone looking for research experience with infants and families, in visual, environmental, social, and linguistic aspects of cognitive development.

The lab manager’s contribution would potentially lead to authorship on posters, conference talks, and papers published from the results of these data, and hands-on involvement in the nuts-and-bolts of research in cognitive development.

* BA or BS in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, or a related field
* strong independent work ethic
* previous research experience in a psych, cogsci, linguistics, or related research lab
* Ability to manage deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced working environment
* Feeling comfortable interacting with infants and families
* Ability to troubleshoot and learn software and scripting methods on-the-job

*Other desiderata:*
* experience with audio, video, and image file manipulation
* basic programming skills (e.g. Python and R),
* experience interacting with infants and families
* eyetracking experience (desired but not required)

The position begins *June or July 2017. *This is a one year position, with the possibility of extension.

Applicants should send a *CV* (which includes GPA, relevant course and research experience, and references) and a *cover letter *to <> with the title
“Bergelson Lab Manager Position”.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the goal of hiring the best candidate by the end of May if not sooner.


Please note that we have extended the deadline for registration and
poster presentations for Language Fest 2017 until Monday, April 3. If you are interested in presenting a poster, all you will need to provide at this time is a title and authors. We look forward to seeing you at the Fest!

IBACS: Call for Seed Grants

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CT IBACS) is pleased to announce a new call for applications to its seed grant fund. Full details (and forms for the required letter of intent) can be found on the Institute website.


The seed fund is intended to fund activities in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (broadly construed) that are likely to lead to applications for external funding, or which otherwise contribute to the mission of the Institute. Preference will be given to activities that involve collaboration and expertise across laboratories and/or traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Applications for small grants (<$10,000) can be submitted at any time; applications in excess of $10,000 should be submitted by May 1st.


The Institute also invites applications for affiliate memberships.

PostDoc position available at Wesleyan University

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in the Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University

The Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University, directed by Dr. Anna Shusterman, is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to start on or before July 1, 2017. The Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University, headed by Dr. Anna Shusterman, is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow for an NSF-funded project on early number acquisition exploring the role of language and syntax in number acquisition. The post-doc will be responsible for working closely with the PI, a dedicated project manager, and undergraduate research assistants to carry out the goals of the study, as well as other projects including preschool mathematics, socio-emotional development, and research-to-practice translation in early childhood settings.

Primary Responsibilities
The post-doc will be involved in research design, data collection and analysis, subject recruitment, and management of grant/IRB/human subjects protocols; supervision of research assistants; manuscript preparation and editing; conference presentations; coordinating with collaborators in the US and abroad; and disseminating findings to non-science audiences. Travel will most likely be required.

The post-doc will also have time, support, and resources to develop and work on an independent research program.

Required Qualifications
Doctoral in Psychology or a related field.
Research background in cognitive or language development.
Demonstrated ability to work with children.
Experience with experimental research design and statistical analysis.
Proficiency with basic computer platforms (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).
Proficiency with statistical analysis software and research tools (e.g., R, SPSS, PRISM, etc.).
Highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented.
Able to take initiative and incorporate feedback.
Able & willing to travel.
Exceptional cultural sensitivity.
Excellent writing and communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.

Preferred qualifications include experience with preferential looking methodologies and past success in mentoring undergraduate research students. The ideal candidate will be self-directed and confident working both independently and with others in a busy and active research environment.

This is a one-year grant-funded position. Continuation of this position is dependent upon continued grant funding.

To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three references to Maddy Barclay ( In addition, please submit your application to

Register now for the IBACS Meet and Speak event

Dear Research Community,

The CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) invites you to a two-day “Meet and Speak” event on March 23rd and 24th where affiliated faculty (from the Storrs campus and UConn Health Center) will give 15 minute presentations describing, in accessible language, the research they have carried out, or propose carrying out, with seed funding previously awarded by IBACS. Graduate Students affiliated with the Institute will be performing short “datablitz” style presentations about their involvement in Seed Funded or related research.

The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the diverse research that IBACS affiliates are engaged in, and will provide a forum for cross-disciplinary networking.

The event will be held in The Great Room at the Alumni Center. More information about this event can be found here.

Lunch and other refreshments will be provided. Each day will start at approximately 9:00 (with coffee/tea) and finish at 3:30, with lunch from 12:30-1:30 and discussion/poster session between 2:30-3:30.

If you are interested in attending all or part of this 2-day event, please register by March 17 (space and food will be limited). Attendance at each session or each day is not required, and you will be able to specify on the registration form which morning(s) or afternoon(s) you can attend.

Click here to register.

External Application Review (EAR) panel

Dear colleagues

IBACS is pleased to announce the formation of the External Application Review (EAR) panel. Our aim is to provide PIs with feedback on grant development in order to facilitate external funding efforts related to the Brain and Cognitive Sciences. We can also help organize more general grant mentoring for faculty with little grant writing experience — see the EAR page.

PIs may request EAR review at the link above. In brief, EAR will locate 2-3 appropriate reviewers for your application. By default, the EAR process has two stages. First, early on, you will meet with the reviewers and EAR representatives for an in-person presentation of the grant outline, allowing reviewers to help you identify strengths and weaknesses before the grant is fully developed. Second, reviewers and EAR representatives will review your written grant, providing you with mock reviews in time to strengthen your application prior to submission. Details about the process and deadlines can be found at the link above.

Please check out the details and consider letting EAR help you strengthen upcoming grants.


Joanne Conover, Physiology & Neurobiology
Monty Escabi, Biomedical Engineering
Eric Levine, Neuroscience (UCHC)
Eric Loken, Educational Psychology
Jim Magnuson, Psychological Sciences
Emily Myers, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
William Snyder, Linguistics

tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation) at the Brain Imaging Research Center

tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation) at the Brain Imaging Research Center

For those of you who are not aware, up at the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) we have a brand new, state-of-the-art tDCS/tACS GTEN system manufactured by EGI.
tDCS, or transcranial direct current stimulation, is a noninvasive neurostimulation technique similar to TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation). It can be used to modulate excitability of brain regions to improve or impair performance on various tasks.

tACS, or transcranial alternating current stimulation, is also a noninvasive neurostimulation technique used to manipulate cortical oscillations.
We are planning on running a tDCS study in the future, and we thought it would be useful to set up a tDCS group (e.g., using Slack or other sharing software) so we will be able to share resources such as IRBs, scripts, protocols, questionnaires, etc.

If you are planning on running a tDCS/tACS study or you’re interested in tDCS/tACS, please email us at and we will be in touch!
Feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested in tDCS/tACS!
Gitte Joergensen & Hannah Morrow

Date Change: LangFest 4/29

Due to a large number of our language scientists wishing to take part in the March for Science on April 22, we have moved Language Fest 2017 to the following Saturday, April 29. We hope that everyone who had previously registered or signed up to present a poster will still be able to attend, but if you cannot, please email Ashley Parker at

For those who have not yet registered, please do so by March 27th (no registration deadlines have changed). The details are repeated below.

Language Fest is a University-wide research conference that brings together the full community of language researchers at UConn, including undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, for a day of sharing results, ideas, methodologies and fostering future interdisciplinary collaborations.

This year’s Fest features talks from two speakers known for their research on language: Ellen Lau (University of Maryland) who studies the neurobiology of language using MEG and fMRI, and Casey Lew-Williams (Princeton University) who studies language development in mono- and bilingual infants. In addition to these talks,two poster sessions will showcase language-related research from the UConn community.

If you plan to attend LangFest, we ask that you please register using this Google Form (it is the same as the call for posters below). Registration is free. We would just like to get an accurate headcount for ordering lunch. (There are also options for reporting dietary restrictions.)

Call for Posters:
We invite poster presentations from the UConn community on the subject of language and language-related research. This is a great opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to share their research with the UConn language community. You can use a poster from a recent or upcoming conference, or design one for the fest. Completed work, published work, and works-in-progress are all welcome. Undergraduate Honors Projects, or SHARE or SURF-sponsored research are also welcome. Please keep in mind that you will have a diverse audience at the fest, and you should be prepared to explain the ‘big picture’ motivating your work for people from different disciplines. If you would like to present a poster, all you have to do is send us your poster title and author names and affiliations by March 27 using this link.

If you are interested in doing a video presentation or demoing a piece of software/equipment, please contact Ashley Parker (

We are excited to announce a new addition to this year’s Language Fest. We will be awarding at least four Best Poster Awards to undergraduate students. To qualify, the undergraduate student must (i) be the lead investigator on the project, (ii) be the presenting/first author on the poster, and (iii) submit a finalized version of the poster (in PDF format) to by April 15.

For questions relating to Language Fest, please contact Ashley Parker (

Northwestern Post Doc Opportunity

*Postdoctoral Fellowship in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at
Northwestern University*

The Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University invites
applications for a full-time, non-renewable, two year postdoctoral
fellowship in any area of linguistics. We are looking for candidates who
pursue an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the scientific study of
language, utilizing experimental methods, corpus analysis, and/or
computational modeling to inform linguistic theory and its applications.
The fellowship period begins September 1, 2017. Each year, the fellow will
be expected to teach one undergraduate-level course in the Department of
Linguistics. The fellow will also serve as an undergraduate adviser for the
Cognitive Science Program, working with students pursuing the major and
minor on academic issues (e.g., course selection, research opportunities,
progress on degree requirements).

The fellow will join a vibrant interdisciplinary community of researchers
from across the cognitive sciences (including communication sciences,
computer science, learning sciences, music cognition, neuroscience,
philosophy, and psychology). The fellow’s research will be supported by the
facilities of the Department of Linguistics.

To receive fullest consideration, applications should arrive by *April 1,
2017*. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a related field
(e.g., Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Computer Science,
Philosophy, Psychology, Speech and Hearing Sciences) by the start date.
Please include a CV that includes contact information, brief statements of
research and teaching interests (1-3 pages each), up to 3 reprints or other
written work (including thesis chapters for ABD applicants), teaching
evaluations (if available), and the names and contact information for three
references. Please visit for
online application instructions.

E-mail inquiries should be directed to Matt Goldrick, Chair of the
Department of Linguistics ( Northwestern
University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all
protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon
eligibility to work in the United States.