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

Upcoming Events

  • LingLangLunch Download LingLangLunch to my desktop calendar

    October 1, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Speaker: Sara Guediche. Title: Flexible and adaptive processes in speech perception. Abstract: The perception of speech depends on mapping a highly variable and complex acoustic signal onto meaningful sounds and words. Yet, listeners perform this task with seemingly little effort. Accurate perception relies on the integration of both the acoustic speech signal as well as other sources of information derived from the context; identical sounds (e.g., ambiguous phonetic categories) can be heard differently depending on the context (e.g., lexical information). Perception is not only flexible enough to accommodate distortions in the speech signal but can also adapt to accommodate systematic distortions and deviations in the acoustic speech signal with exposure; for example, an unintelligible speaker with a strong foreign accent can become better understood over time. How does perception maintain such flexible and adaptive processing without affecting the stable long-term speech representations? I will present a few studies in which we examined the influence of different sources of information on perception and adaptive plasticity in order to gain insight into this question. http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Departments
  • Roundtable Discussion with Adele Diamond: Improving Executive Function Skill Development among Rhode Island Children - Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice Download Roundtable Discussion with Adele Diamond: Improving Executive Function Skill Development among Rhode Island Children - Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice to my desktop calendar

    October 2, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Please join Brown faculty, students and RI service-providers in informal conversations about current research and novel service delivery efforts designed to enhance early brain development among high risk Rhode Island children. Speakers will include: Prof. Dima Amso, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory on “Socioeconomic Status Influences on Cognitive Development from Infancy through Adolescence" Leslie Gell, Director, Ready to Learn Providence (R2LP), on the partnership between Providence Public Schools and R2LP to bring Mind in the Making, an innovative learning experience on how to foster executive function skills, to parents and educators of young children (ages 4 – 8). Prof. David Sobel, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences on "Children's Metacognitive Awareness of Learning in Museum Settings: A Partnership with the Providence Children's Museum." Aimee Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Director of Head Start, Children’s Friend and Martin Gardiner, Research Associate in Education on “Music Training for Head Start Participants: Harnessing its High Potential for Lasting Impacts on Brain Development” Moderated by Prof. Stephen Buka, Chairman, Brown Department of Epidemiology. Please RSVP to Stephen Buka at Stephen_Buka@brown.edu and provide an email address.   Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 305 Panel Discussions, Dept: CLPS, Lectures, Conferences, and Meetings, Departments
  • Social Cognitive Brown Bag Seminar Series Download Social Cognitive Brown Bag Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    October 3, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Speaker: Nadia Chernyak, Ph.D (Cornell). Brown University (Sobel Lab) & Harvard Graduate School of Education Dr. Chernyak’s research interests include social and cognitive development. Her current research projects include: (1) Ideas about choice across cultures and ages, (2) learning from choices, (3) learning through actions, and (4) how children reason about biology & technology. http://clps-scbb.weebly.com/ http://www.brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Brain Science Program, Biology and Medicine, Departments
  • Cognition Seminar Series Download Cognition Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    October 3, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Speaker: Matt Nassar, Brown University. Title: Surprise and Uncertainty Driven Mechanisms for Adjusting Sensory Influence. http://brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 305 Dept: CLPS, Departments
  • Social Cognitive Brown Bag Seminar Series Download Social Cognitive Brown Bag Seminar Series to my desktop calendar

    October 10, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Rose McDermott Ph.D (Stanford). Professor of International Relations, Brown University Professor McDermott is the author of three books, a co-editor of two additional volumes, and author of over ninety academic articles across a wide variety of disciplines encompassing topics such as experimentation, emotion and decision making, and the biological and genetic bases of political behavior. http://clps-scbb.weebly.com/ http://www.brown.edu/Departments/CLPS/events Metcalf Research Laboratory, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium Dept: CLPS, Brain Science Program, Biology and Medicine, Departments