COGSCI COLLOQUIA: For abstracts and more information about The Cognitive Science Program’s Colloquium Series, please visit our Colloquia webpage.

2/23 – Sociology presents David Weakliem with: “The magic number: what should be the standard for statistical significance?”  at 11:30 in Gentry Room 144.


3/6 SLHS Colloquium presents Julius Fredriksson, University of South Carolina with: “Using Electrical Brain Stimulation to Improve Aphasia Treatment Outcome” at 12:30-1:30PM in HBL Video Theater 2

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.


3/22 –Elaine Auyoung, U Minnesota will give a talk on innovative interdisciplinary approches to fictionality, representation, cognition and theory of mind.

Literatures, Cultures and Languages, UCHI and the English Department are inviting a brilliant young scholar to speak:  Elaine Auyoung, a Harvard Ph.D. now working at U Minnesota.  Elaine does groundbreaking work on fiction and cognition.  Her affiliations at U Minnesota are with the Center for Cognitive Science and the English Department.  Her forthcoming book with Oxford UP is called When Fiction Feels Real: Representational Technique and the Reading Mind. She has also published in numerous other impressive venues. Her CV and link to her profile are included here.

Elaine will give a talk about innovative interdisciplinary approches to fictionality, representation, cognition and theory of mind.  The talk will be from 2:00-3:15 pm on Thursday, March 22nd (venue to be determined).  We are planning on having a special lunch for graduate students from 11:30-1:00 pm.

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Terni, Ph.D.

Associate Head, Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages

3/23 – Cognitive Science hosts Will Gervais from Univ. of Kentucky with: “Moral distrust of atheists, and how it screws up basic theory on the psychology of religion”  at 4pm in OAK 109.

4/28 – LANGFEST:

The 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. To learn more about this annual event please visit the LangFest webpage.


Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting; Boston – March 24-27, 2018


Movement and Cognition Conference; Harvard University, July 27-29, 2018