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

Housed in a completely renovated 36,000 sq. ft. building, 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...)


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

Upcoming Events

  • Jie Ren Ph.D. Defense Download Jie Ren Ph.D. Defense to my desktop calendar

    August 31, 2015 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM From Distinctive Features to Words: A study of Developmental Continuity in Infants and Adults Metcalf Research Building, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium Open to the Public, Dept: CLPS, Audience, Departments
  • Ali Arslan PhD Defense Download Ali Arslan PhD Defense to my desktop calendar

    September 2, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Structural Representations in Action Recognition Metcalf Research Building, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium Open to the Public, Dept: CLPS, Audience, Departments
  • Boaz Keysar, University of Chicago Download Boaz Keysar, University of Chicago to my desktop calendar

    September 9, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Richard B. Millward Colloquium: "Living in a Foreign Tongue" Abstract: Hundreds of millions of people live and work while using a language that is not their native tongue. Given that using a foreign language is more difficult than using a native tongue, one would expect an overall deleterious effect on their mental and physical performance. We have discovered that the opposite is often true. We argue that a foreign language provides psychological and emotional distance, thereby allowing people to be less biased in their decision-making, more willing to take smart risks and to be guided more by hope than by fear of loss. We show that a foreign language also affects ethical behavior such as cheating and moral choice. But we also find that when emotions are crucial for learning from experience, native tongue is crucial for improving choice over time. Living and functioning in a foreign tongue, then, has surprising consequences for how individuals think, feel and operate, and it has important implications for social policy, negotiation, diplomacy and immigration issues. 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, Faculty, Staff, Postdocs, Departments