Cognitive,Linguistic and Psychological Sciences

Integrating the Study of Mind, Brain, Behavior and Language

We are delighted to announce the formation of the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences (CLPS) as of July 2010. CLPS is dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of mind, brain, behavior, and language.

As part of the University's ongoing Plan for Academic Enrichment, CLPS has been formed from the former faculties of the Department of Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences and the Department of Psychology, as well as several new hires. CLPS is housed in a newly renovated 36,000 sq ft building.

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

Upcoming Events

  • LingLangLunch Seminar Series Download LingLangLunch Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    April 1, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Friedman Family Lecture in Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences. Speaker: Junwen Lee, Brown University. Title: Lah revisited - A modal analysis. Abstract: The linguistic function of the Colloquial Singapore English (CSE) particle lah has been characterized variously as a marker to convey solidarity, warmth and informality; an attenuation or emphasis marker; an assertion marker; and an accommodation marker. As the particle can be pronounced using several pitch contours, the particle has generally been analyzed as either a set of homonymic variants that are distinguished by pitch and function, or a unitary particle that has the same meaning despite tonal differences. However, I argue against both approaches – the former conflates pragmatic function and semantic meaning, while the latter ignores the systematic differences in function that correlate with tonal differences. Instead, I propose that lah is a modal particle that conveys the not-at-issue comment that the lah-marked proposition is entailed by the conjunction of all factors that make a difference to its truth, which is then interpreted by the addressee as justification for the speaker's lah-marked assertion. In other words, if we consider all the factors that affect the likelihood of the lah-marked proposition p being true to be the set of evidence that together underwrite the speaker’s assertion of p, then lah indicates that this set of evidence is completely reliable in predicting p. However, unlike previous unitary analyses, I propose that this single particle meaning then interacts with a separate effect of intonation to produce the different pragmatic functions that have been observed in the literature. PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD IN METCALF, ROOM 031. http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • Perception Action Seminar Series Download Perception Action Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    April 2, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Friedman Family Lecture in Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences. Speaker Santani Teng, MIT. Title: TBA http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • Social Cognitive Science Seminar Series Download Social Cognitive Science Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    April 3, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Friedman Family Lecture in Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences. Speaker: Justin Martin, Harvard University. Title: TBA http://www.brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • Cognition Seminar Series Download Cognition Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    April 3, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Friedman Family Lecture in Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences. Speaker: Heather Bortfeld, University of Connecticut. Title:How flexible is perceptual tuning?: Insights from typically developing infants and pediatric cochlear implant users. Abstract: Cochlear implants improve the ability of profoundly deaf children to understand speech by allowing a way for sound to be transmitted to the brain despite the lack of a working conduction system in the inner ear. Much of what we know about the course of auditory learning following cochlear implantation in young children is based on behavioral indicators that they are able to perceive sound. However, congenitally-deaf children have no concept of what sound is, and thus have highly variable behavioral responses when initially exposed to it. In recent work, my collaborators and I have been using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) as a tool to track changes in speech-evoked cortical activity following cochlear implantation in prelingually deafened infants and young children, as well as in post-lingually deafened adults. We have also been testing how flexibly typically developing infants are able to process degraded auditory speech given crossmodal support. Results from both lines of research have theoretical and practical implications for understanding speech processing in a multimodal world. PLEASE NOTE: THE DATE OF THIS TALK HAS BEEN CHANGED TO APRIL 3. http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/ Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • LingLangLunch Seminar Series Download LingLangLunch Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    April 8, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Friedman Family Lecture in Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences. Speaker: Magdalena Kaufmann, University of Connecticut. Title: TBA PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD IN METCALF, ROOM 031. http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars
  • Perception Action Seminar Series Download Perception Action Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    April 9, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Friedman Family Lecture in Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences. Speaker: Karen Schloss, Brown University. Title: TBA http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments, Seminars