Integrating the Study of Mind, Brain, Behavior, and Language

Our aim is to represent a leading center for the multidisciplinary study of mind, brain, behavior, and language - including such phenomena as perception, thinking, learning, memory, attention, action, personality, speech, language processing, and linguistic structure. The department examines the functional organization of these capacities, the representational and computational processes that underlie them, their neural bases, their development across the lifespan, and how they shape individual and social behavior. (See more...)

 

How do we select an appropriate action, given our goals? Using an immersive virtual environment to test perception & action. Using electrophysiology & optogenetics to probe memory. Which variables influence control over learning and action? New software automatically identifies behaviors of laboratory mice. A stroke leads to resolution of foreign accent syndrome. How do people decide to blame others for their behavior? How do we integrate higher-order cognitive processes & actions? How does the brain develop & change in response to cues? Searching for memory. How do we make decisions and learn from experience?

Upcoming Events

  • Social Cognitive Science Brown Bag Download Social Cognitive Science Brown Bag to my desktop calendar

    February 12, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: David Sobel, Brown University. Title: Coding Choices Affect Interpretations of Theory of Mind Measures (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Unexpected Contents Task) http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Bldg, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Brown Bag Lunch, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • Patrycja Strycharczuk, CASL, Queen Margaret University Download Patrycja Strycharczuk, CASL, Queen Margaret University to my desktop calendar

    February 17, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Lecture Series. Title:Development of morphological abstraction in sound change: evidence from articulation. Abstract: Some sound changes are conspicuously sensitive to morphological structure. For instance, in most English dialects, /g/ is no longer pronounced in words like 'singer', but it is retained in words like 'finger'. Existing frameworks provide two kinds of explanations for such discrepancies. Grammar-based theories would ascribe the difference to word-structure: /g/ has been dropped in 'singer', due to the presence of two meaningful parts ('sing'+'er'), unlike in 'finger', whose structure cannot be broken down any further. An alternative lexicon-based account is that processes affecting 'singer' mimic the ones which apply in related words, such as 'sing'. The two theories make different predictions as to when morphological effects may first appear, and how they subsequently develop in sound change. I will discuss those predictions and relate them to the results of my research project, which uses ultrasound tongue imaging to study the development of morphological effects in a complex of ongoing sound changes in Southern British English: GOOSE-fronting, FOOT-fronting and /l/-darkening. http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Building, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium Colloquia, Open to the Public, Dept: CLPS, First Years, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, For Masters candidates only, For PhD candidates only, Audience, Brain Science Program, Biology and Medicine, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Pre-Law, Faculty, Staff, Postdocs, Departments
  • Perception Action Seminar Series Download Perception Action Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    February 18, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: Dan Yamins, PhD, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT. Title: Using Behaviorally-Driven Computational Models to Uncover Principles of Cortical Representation. PLEASE NOTE: THIS TALK WILL BE HELD IN METCALF 104 http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events > Other location: see description for details Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • LingLangLunch Seminar Series Download LingLangLunch Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    February 24, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: Peter Klecha, University of Connecticut. Title: TBA http://www.brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Bldg, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • Perception Action Seminar Series Download Perception Action Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    February 25, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: Mike Esterman, Boston University School of Medicine. Title: Characterizing and enhancing sustained attention. Metcalf Research Bldg, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • Cognition Seminar Series Download Cognition Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    February 26, 2016 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: James MacGlashan, Brown University. Title: Computational Models for Learning from Humans. http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Bldg, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Departments