Autism Post Doc Oppty Available at Boston University

The Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE) at Boston University is looking for a post-doctoral fellow

The CARE Fellow will work on a project investigating auditory processing in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder on a newly-funded interdisciplinary research program, which is a collaboration between Boston University (PI: Helen Tager-Flusberg; Barbara Shinn-Cunningham) and Carnegie Mellon University (PI: Lori Holt).

We are looking for an energetic scientist who is interested in exploring how purpose-built videogames can be used to probe and lead to changes in auditory processing in adolescents with ASD behavioral and neural measures in the context of a randomized controlled trial. The ideal applicant will have a strong research background, technical and programming expertise, as well as experience collecting and analyzing behavioral and electrophysiological (EEG/ERP) data. Some experience working with people with ASD is preferred.

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will have primary responsibilities in managing and carrying out all aspects the research program. Responsibilities include:
· Piloting the suite of videogames with adolescents with ASD providing iterative feedback to the developers at CMU
· Training and supervision of students and other project staff
· Data collection for the randomized controlled trial in the lab and home including both behavioral assessments and auditory ERP experimental measures
· Analyzing the gaming data
· EEG/ERP and behavioral data processing and analysis
· Write-up and dissemination of findings for reports, conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications

Required Qualifications:
· Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field
· Experience working with children/adolescents in research settings, preferably including individuals with ASD
· Training in two or more of the following areas: cognitive science/cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging/ electrophysiology , autism research
· Programming skills (e.g., MATLAB; Python) and proficiency with statistical programs and analyses (e.g., R, SPSS)
· Excellent interpersonal leadership skills, writing and organizational skills
· Strong record of scholarly accomplishments
The position will start summer/fall 2018 with a minimum of a two-year commitment.
Interested candidates should send a CV, cover letter, research statement and contact information for three professional references to Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D. (htagerf@bu.edu)<mailto:htagerf@bu.edu)> and Chloe Adams Agarwal (Center Administrator) – chloeaa@bu.edu<mailto:chloeaa@bu.edu>.

To learn more about the Center, please visit the website or contact:

Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD.
Director, Center for Autism Research Excellence
Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Boston University
100 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215

Scholarship available at Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Berlin School of Mind and Brain

One 3-year DAAD scholarship for international student

One scholarship is available to the best international candidate, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of their Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP).


As of September 2018, the last final exam (Master’s degree or equivalent) must have taken place no longer than six years ago.
As of September 2018, applicants must not have resided in Germany for more than 15 months.
Duration and funding

The scholarship amount is 1,200 € per month plus funding for travel expenses, insurances, research support, family support, German-language courses, etc.

You will have to apply through the online application tool of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

Shortlisted applicants will be either invited to come to Berlin (they will receive reimbursement for all or parts of their travel expenses) or interviewed via Skype.

Deadline: 15 July 2018, 23:59:59 hrs CET

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Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 2093-1706, Fax: -1802

Post Doc Oppty at University of Warwick, UK

The University of Warwick, UK is seeking to appoint a full-time, 3-year
postdoctoral researcher based at the Department of Psychology, as part of
the research grant ‘How does language experience support language
development? Short-term priming and long-term learning,’ funded by the
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The PDRA will work with a team
of researchers led by Dr. Kate Messenger (PI, University of Warwick), and
Prof. Holly Branigan (Co-I, University of Edinburgh).

Further information available here.

Closing date for applications: 20th June 2018

Start date: 1st August 2018 


For questions, please contact:

Dr Katherine Messenger

Department of Psychology | University of Warwick | Coventry | CV4 7AL

Tel: 024761 50557 | Email: K.Messenger@warwick.ac.uk |

4/28 Talk: The dynamics of learning and using two languages

Dr Eleonora Rossi from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona will be giving a talk  April 28th entitled The dynamics of learning and using two languages: Investigating second language acquisition, and its consequences for the mind and the brain as part of the 9th Annual University of Connecticut Language Fest.

Dr Rossi will be available for individual meetings on Thursday, April 26th (between 1 and 4 PM) and Friday, April 27th (between 9 AM and 4 PM). If you are interested in bilingualism and would like to meet with Dr Rossi, please send an email to Yanina Prystauka (yanina.prystauka@uconn.edu).

Abstract: Learning a second language (L2) past childhood can be a challenging task, especially when the two languages differ in their linguistic structures (Sabourin & Stowe, 2008). At the same time, bilinguals, even at lower levels of proficiency are able to negotiate two languages with relative ease even in the presence of conflicting linguistic structures (Kroll et al., 2014), revealing a fine-tuned system for language control (Abutalebi & Green, 2007). During my talk, I will examine the linguistic and neural signatures of second language processing in adult learners, and I will propose that it can be used as a lens to examine the relative plasticity of the linguistic and neural systems. I will first present behavioral and neuroimaging data analyzing the processing of grammatical structures that are not shared between the native and the second language. Behavioral and electrophysiological (EEG) results will provide evidence supporting the view that L2 learners show similar neural signatures to those observed in native speakers, suggesting that there is a higher degree of plasticity for adult L2 learners than typically assumed. Building on that observation, I will then address the question of how bilinguals manage to negotiate the activity of the two languages in one mind and brain. Towards that goal, I will present recent neuroimaging data revealing that bilinguals possess a powerful neural control mechanism that allows successful selection of the language to be spoken. I will also demonstrate that the recruitment of those neural substrates is shaped by different language use. Finally, I will discuss how learning an L2 past childhood can be a catalyst for reshaping the structure of the brain itself by strengthening the white-matter pathways that are dedicated to language processing and language control. In the final part of the talk I will describe future directions for my research program.

Auditory processing in genetically engineered mouse models

UConn’s Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) is proud to sponsor a talk by:

Holly Fitch of Psychological Sciences

Auditory processing in genetically engineered mouse models: Implications for human language

at 5pm on May 8 in Konover Auditorium.

In this talk, Dr. Fitch will present background data on use of genetically engineered mouse models to effectively capture intermediate phenotypes relevant to language, specifically using mice with mutations in dyslexia and ASD-risk genes.

This talk is a keynote to IBACS’ annual Meet and Speak event and registration is required. More information about the program of events is available on IBACS’ events page.

Genetic contributions to auditory processing disorder

UConn’s Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) is proud to sponsor a talk by:

Dianne Newbury, Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Genetic contributions to auditory processing disorder

at 5pm on May 9 in Konover Auditorium.

In this talk, Dr. Newbury will describe recent investigations of the genetic overlaps between auditory processing disorder and speech and language outcomes.

This talk is a keynote to IBACS’ annual Meet and Speak event and registration is required. More information about the program of events is available on IBACS’ events page.

Postdoctoral Position in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Brain Organization for Language and Literacy Development (BOLD) Lab
Linguistics and Cognitive Science Department
University of Delaware

University of Delaware  has an available Postdoctoral position in behavioral and neuroimaging research of language, literacy, and cognitive development, focused on global literacy initiatives in Ivory Coast.

Position start date: August 1, 2018 (flexible). Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2018.

The BOLD Lab at the University of Delaware has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to research on child literacy development in rural Ivory Coast. We have several ongoing projects using a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging methods to study how children develop and learn to read in high-risk environments. Specifically, we are looking for an individual who can contribute to two projects: (1) a technology-based literacy intervention program in primary school settings, and (2) brain-behavior approach to the study of development and reading outcomes, both in Ivory Coast.

Responsibilities will include the development, collection, and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data about literacy development and literacy intervention outcomes in school-aged children growing up in rural communities of Ivory Coast. The postdoc will also contribute to mentorship and collaboration with an Ivorian research team of graduate students and postdocs, with the goal of increasing local science capacity. The position is based at the University of Delaware, and the postdoc will have opportunities to go to Ivory Coast over the duration of the position.

Successful applicants will have a background in several of the following areas: child development, language and literacy acquisition, reading interventions (including education technologies), recording and analysis of fNIRS data, design and analysis of complex behavioral experiments/tasks, longitudinal data analysis, global development (ideally in sub-Saharan Africa). A Ph.D. in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or Neuroscience is preferred. The ideal candidate will be familiar with working in international contexts (preferably sub-Saharan Africa), proficient in French, and have a high degree of fluency conducting univariate and multivariate statistics using R, and fNIRS neuroimaging analysis using Matlab (NIRS-SPM, fNIRS-toolbox, Homer).

Interested candidates should send via email their CV, two representative papers, the names of three references, and a cover letter to Dr. Kaja Jasinska (jasinska@udel.edu).

The position is for one year, with the option to renew for 1-2 years, given satisfactory performance and available funding.

Contact Information

Lab Website: sites.udel.edu/boldlab

Contact Name: Kaja Jasinska

Contact Email: jasinska@udel.edu


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 research@uconn.edu

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.