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, pdussias@psu.edu.

  • 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 sinawa@psu.edu.
  • 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@uconn.edu.


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.

Job Oppty: Lab Manager at UPenn


Language Processing and Language Development Lab
Institute for Research in Cognitive Science
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA USA

The research labs of Dr. John Trueswell and Dr. Lila Gleitman are hiring a full-time research assistant (i.e., lab manager/coordinator) to help conduct language processing studies with children and adults. In many of these studies we will be recording the eye movements of participants as they respond to spoken instructions. The successful candidate will have frequent contact with postdocs, graduate students, research assistants, and will have plenty of opportunities for scientific involvement in all aspects of research projects in the lab including journal articles and conference presentations. Thus, this position is an excellent stepping stone for someone planning to go to graduate school in psycholinguistics — individuals previously employed in this position are now star graduate students, postdocs and even professors within psychology and linguistics.

Primary responsibilities include:
– Assisting lab members and the PIs in the running of experiments
– Designing, running and analyzing experiments with infants, children, and adults
– Developing experimental materials, and data management/analysis.
– Recruiting participants
– Coordinating and training undergraduate research assistants
– Assisting in planning lab events and meetings
– Additional duties include management of human subject information, assisting in the reporting of information to funding institutions and Penn’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), and lab scheduling.

Essential qualifications:
– A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, or Cognitive Science
– 0-1 year of research experience, preferably with children or infants (an equivalent combination of education and experience can be considered).
– Excellent organizational and communication skills (especially with young children and families).
– Be detail-oriented, motivated, creative, organized, and able to work independently
– Experience is required in Microsoft Excel and statistical analysis software (preferably R, SPSS and/or MatLab).
– Be able to jump from low- to high-level amount of work smoothly and work under pressure when deadlines are approaching

Preferred qualifications:
– Prior experience in psychology research and/or computational modeling.
– Proficient programming skills, ideally in Python, R and Matlab.
– Flexible work availability (including evenings and weekends) is desirable.

The position can begin as early as March of 2018 — but we will also consider later start dates, as late as May or June of 2018.

Apply Here

Please include a resume and at least two reference contacts (email and phone) with your application.

Note that although the posting may say that the position end date is one year from hire, this is not correct. The position may last up to two or three years, contingent on funding.

Please apply as soon as possible because we will begin reviewing applications immediately. Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience. Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Using Electrical Brain Stimulation to Improve Aphasia Treatment

SLHS Colloquium – March 6, 2018 12:30-1:30PM in HBL Video Theater 2

Title: Using Electrical Brain Stimulation to Improve Aphasia Treatment Outcome

Although aphasia therapy has been shown to be effective, many patients experience no or only minimal benefit. Pilot studies suggest transcranial electrical brain stimulation may enhance the effect of aphasia therapy, providing some patients greater chance at showing a positive treatment response. In a recent double-blinded randomized controlled trial, we enrolled 74 individuals with chronic stroke in aphasia treatment coupled with either anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (A-tDCS) or sham tDCS (S-tDCS). All participants received three weeks of computerized aphasia treatment administered five times per week. Thirty-four participants were randomized to receive A-tDCS and 40 participants received S-tDCS during the first 20 minutes of each 45-minute treatment session. The primary outcome was naming of both trained and untrained words assessed at 1-week, 4-weeks, and 6-months after treatment completion. Significantly more items were named by the A-tDCS group compared the S-tDCS at each time-point (1-tailed t-test). An interaction was revealed between genotype (BDNF gene) and treatment response suggesting a mechanistic explanation for why A-tDCS works for some patients and not others. The implications of this work and next steps will be discussed.

Julius Fridriksson, Ph.D.
Endowed Professor, SmartState
Director, Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR)
Co-Director, McCausland Center for Brain Imaging
University of South Carolina
Lab website: https://web.asph.sc.edu/aphasia/
C-STAR website: https://cstar.sc.edu