Author: Ciraldo, Brandy

Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce this limited submission funding opportunity/award. Limited submission programs allow only a select number of applicants from each institution. In order to determine which PIs will be selected as the official applicants from UConn/UConn Health, an OVPR internal competition may be necessary (full process is described at our website).

All PIs who wish to be considered for this opportunity must submit a notification of intent to submit form by the due date listed below. PIs must be selected and approved by the OVPR to be eligible to submit to this sponsor.

Program Information/RFP

  • Eligibility: Full Time Associate or Full Professor at UConn/UConn health, working in studies of brain function in health and disease. Current NIH or other peer-reviewed funding preferred; evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential. Must be a new research project not funded by other sources. Cannot be used as bridge funding.
  • Keywords: Normal human brain development; specifically identified disease states; molecular neuroscience; clinical neuroscience; studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning in health and disease.
  • Award Details: $150K (Direct Costs) for two year grant period.
  • Number of UConn Applicants: 1 from Storrs/Regional Campuses, 1 from UConn Health
  • Internal Notification of Intent Deadline: Friday, 4/20/2018 by 9AM
  • Internal Pre-proposal (if necessary) Deadline: Friday, 5/4/2018 by 12 Noon
  • Sponsor LOI Deadline: 6/22/2018 by 4PM CST
  • Additional information: For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at

Tomorrow: False Confessions: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies

Psychological Sciences Colloquium

Title: False Confessions: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies
Speaker: Saul Kassin, Department of Psychology, John Jay College and Department of Psychology, Williams College
Time: 3:30pm, Friday, April 13, 2018
Location: BOUS 160, Storrs, University of Connecticut


Citing real cases, past and present, as well as empirical research, this presentation will address the questions of why innocent people confess to crimes they did not commit, why judges and juries unflinchingly believe these false confessions, and how the system can be reformed to prevent the wrongful convictions that result.


Saul Kassin is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Massachusetts Professor Emeritus at Williams College. In the 1980’s, he pioneered the scientific study of false confessions, distinguishing three types of false confessions and creating the first research paradigms to induce false confessions in the laboratory. He has since examined why innocent people are targeted, the interrogation tactics that lead them to confess, the phenomenology of innocence, and the impact these confessions have on judges, juries, forensic examiners, and others. Kassin is an author of numerous books and articles and is senior author of the official White Paper on false confessions. His work is cited all over the world—including by the U.S. Supreme Court. He has received a number of awards—including a 2017 APA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research on Public Policy. Kassin has consulted on a number of high profile cases, has served as an analyst on all major news networks, and appears in Ken Burns’ 2012 film, “The Central Park Five.”

4.27 – Neural mechanisms for landmark-based navigation

The Cognitive Science Colloquium Series is proud to present Dr. Russell Epstein from the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Epstein will provide a talk entitled “Anchoring the cognitive map: Neural mechanisms for landmark-based navigation”.

This event will take place on Friday April 27th at 4pm in OAK 109.

We hope you can join us for this informative lecture.

PostDoc available: Center for Language Science at Penn State

The Center for Language Science (CLS) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a postdoctoral position. The CLS is home to a cross-disciplinary research program that includes the NSF training program, ‘Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE): Translating cognitive and brain science in the laboratory and field to language learning environments’ that was awarded to The Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Riverside.

The program provides training in translational research on language learning and bilingualism that includes an international perspective and that exploits opportunities for collaborative research conducted with one of our international partner sites in the UK (Edinburgh), Spain (Granada), Poland (Kraków), The Netherlands (Nijmegen and Groningen), Germany (Braunschweig), Colombia (Medellín), Brazil (Campinas), Mexico (Mexico City), and China (Hong Kong and Beijing) and in conjunction with our domestic partner sites at Gallaudet University, Haskins Laboratories, the University of South Carolina, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Puerto Rico.

This research focuses primarily on the themes of language learning across the lifespan, the role of instructional approaches for successful language learning, and the role of diverse social environments for language learning.

We welcome applications from candidates with preparation in any of the disciplines that contribute to our program and with experience in translational research (e.g., outreach activities in schools and other learning contexts where the research conducted by PIRE faculty is relevant). The successful candidate will benefit from a highly interactive group of faculty whose interests include bilingual language processing, language acquisition in children and adults, language contact, and aging, among other topics. Applicants with interests in these topics and with aninterest in extending their expertise within experimental psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience are particularly welcome to apply. There is no expectation that applicants will have had prior experience in research on bilingualism but we expect candidates to make a commitment to gain expertise in research on bilingualism using research methods from among the techniques represented by our groups.

Questions about faculty research interests may be directed to relevant core training faculty: Psychology: Michele Diaz, Ping Li, Janet van Hell, and Dan Weiss; Spanish: Rena Torres Cacoullos, Matt Carlson, Giuli Dussias, John Lipski, and Karen Miller; Communication Sciences and Disorders: Carol Miller and Chaleece Sandberg; German: Carrie Jackson, Mike Putnam, Richard Page, and Katharina Schuhmann; French: Lisa Reed.

Administrative questions can be directed to the Chair of the search committee,

  • The appointment will be for one year, with a start date of August 1, 2018.
  • Salary will follow NSF/NIH guidelines.
  • The PIRE funding requires that we restrict the search to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.
  • Applicants should upload a CV, several reprints or preprints, and a statement of research interests. This statement should indicate two or more core faculty members as likely primary and secondary mentors, and should describe the candidate’s goals for research and translational training during a postdoctoral position, including previous experience and directions in which the candidate would like to develop his/her expertise in the language science of bilingualism.
  • Additionally, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent separately to Maryam Sinawa at
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
  • Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. by the time of appointment.

Apply online

Living Lab at the CT Science Center: Info Sessions

PostDoc Chris Heffner and UConn KIDS Coordinator Lauren Powers will be hosting information sessions about the Living Lab at the CT Science Center:

Tuesday 4/17 at 3:00pm in Oak Hall room 201
Thursday 4/19 at 12:00pm in Bousfield room A105

Come learn about the Living Lab , which is a resource available to all faculty and graduate researchers at the University Of Connecticut for purposes of data collection. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions but would like more information, please contact Lauren Powers.

Lauren Powers
Child Research Recruitment Coordinator
UConn KIDS (Kids in Developmental Science)
Proudly sponsored by The CT Institute for the Brain and
Cognitive Sciences, UConn’s VP of Research and the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Movement & Cognition conference call for posters/abstracts

You are invited to the world conference on Movement and Cognition to be held at the Joseph. B. Martin conference center of Harvard University School of Medicine, Boston, USA.

The purpose of this international conference is to share knowledge with all those whose interests lie in the nature of human movement and its relation to cognitive function.

The conference topics include the scientific explorations of Cognitive-Movement applications in: Rehabilitation, neuropsychology, sports sciences, human development, gerontology, genetics/genomics, technologies and measurement,  science of aesthetics, behavioral and communication sciences, motor learning, occupational and phy sical therapy, and biomedical engineering.

You are welcome to participate, and if you wish to you can submit an abstract for a poster, workhop or oral presentation. Abstracts of the conference will be published in the Conference Proceedings as well as selected papers published in volume 8 of the journal Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics.

We welcome your participation in this event that addresses the relationship between movement and cognition. In the meantime, please check out our website for more details. Movementis


IBACS Call for Seed Grant Applications

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. Funding is available for research projects, shared infrastructure resources, as well as collaborative workshops.


Full details on eligibility, application process and forms can be found on the Institute website.


Please note the following items are particularly relevant in consideration of applications:


  • Seed funding will support projects that have relevance (broadly construed) to the Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Institute’s mission.


  • Successful applications to the seed fund will typically involve collaborations that require expertise across laboratories and traditional disciplinary boundaries.


  • Priority will be given to novel, innovative research programs, rather than continuation of an existing line of a PIs research.


  • IBaCS offers seed funding for collaborative research projects that are likely to lead to applications for external funding.



Please submit your Letter of Intent as far in advance of the deadline as possible, and the Director of the Institute will respond with feedback. Applications for full proposals (in excess of $10,000) should be submitted by May 1st (applications for small grants (<$10,000) can be submitted at any time of the year).


The Institute also invites applications for affiliate memberships.


Intel Artificial Intelligence Workshop

Nick Monto is a current fourth year graduate student here at UConn and also an Intel student ambassador. Part of his duties as a student ambassador include organizing on-campus workshops.

Before coordinating a workshop, he would like to get a feel for everyone’s interest and experience with regards to artificial intelligence (AI) and their interest in attending a workshop.

Here you will find a link to a brief Google Form that contains questions regarding your academic position, your knowledge and experience with regards to AI, and your interest in attending an on-campus workshop.

The general plan for the workshop is a brief overview of machine learning and AI followed by some practice with tools and packages developed by Intel that aid in the development and implementation of these algorithms. A more detailed plan will be developed and distributed (if interest is high enough).

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to email Nick at


Nicholas Monto

NSF IGERT trainee

SLHS Pre-doctoral student

University of Connecticut
850 Bolton Road, Unit 1085
Storrs CT 06269-1085

3/2: On the Detection of Logical Reasoning in Nonhuman Animals

ECOM will host a talk by Dr. Jacob Beck (Philosophy, York): Friday, March 2, 4:00-5:30PM in the UCHI Conference Room (Babbidge 4/209). ​All are encouraged to come.

Title: “Chrysippus’ Dog Reconsidered: On the Detection of Logical Reasoning in Nonhuman Animals”

Abstract: The ability to reason logically is often taken to be a sign of language-like or conceptual thought. One way to investigate whether animals are conceptual thinkers, or have a language of thought, is thus to investigate their ability to reason logically. The Greek Stoic philosopher Chrysipuss reported anecdotal evidence that dogs reason by way of the disjunctive syllogism. More recently, animal researchers have provided supporting evidence from controlled studies. But philosophers such as José Luis Bermúdez and Michael Rescorla have appealed to forms of “proto-logical” reasoning to ground alternative explanations of this evidence. These forms of proto-logical reasoning are so powerful that they generate a challenge: How, if at all, can genuine logical reasoning be detected and distinguished from its proto-logical rivals? My talk will offer some suggestions.

The CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences provides generous support for the ECOM Speaker Series.