UPCOMING SEMINARS

Spring, 2017

PSYC 231 - Mathematical and Computational Models in Cognitive Science
Instructor: Jon Willits
Time: Monday & Wednesday, 9:10am - 10:30am
Topic: Neural Network Models of Classification and Categorization
Description:
This seminar will focus on neural network models, focusing primarily on practical issues involving their implimentation. In the class we will discuss their use both as a psychological theory of learning and cognition, and also on their use as a machine learning tool for discovering patterns and relationships in data. The class will focus on using neural networks as classification and categorization models, taking complex datasets as inputs and learning to assign these inputs to a particular group or category.

PSYC 234 - Data Analysis in Cognitive Science
Instructor: Weiwei Zhang
Time: Monday, 9:10am - 12:00pm
Topic: Eye Tracking
Description
Eye tracking has been widely employed in research on human behavior. It provides a noninvasive method of capturing the unfolding psychological processes at high temporal resolution. This seminar will begin with systematic reviews of the oculomotor system and the methodology for EYE-TRACKING. We will then discuss how different measures of eye movements (fixation duration, saccade speed, saccade trajectory, and pupillometry) have been used in hypothesis testing and theory development in research across cognitive, developmental and social psychology, translational, and applied research. 

PSYC 255 - Special Topics
Instructor: Katharine Sweeny
Time: Monday, 9:10am - 12:00pm
Topic: Psychology of Uncertainty
Description:
This seminar will bring together diverse research in social and personality psychology (and beyond) to explore the nature, causes, and consequences of uncertainty. Topics will include risk perception, expectations, decision making in uncertain situations, consequences of uncertainty), individual differences in the experience of uncertainty, uncertainty in self-perceptions, and strategies for coping with uncertainty.

PSYC 258 - Seminar in Developmental Psychology
Instructor: John Franchak
Time: Wednesday, 9:10am - 12:00pm
Topic: Vision in Everyday Behavior
Description:
Vision in everyday behavior. This course will focus on how observers acquire and use visual information across a broad range of naturalistic tasks. Topics will include, but will not be limited to, visual guidance of action, eye movements when parsing natural scenes, and eye movements during social interactions. Methodological issues of recording, analyzing, and interpreting eye movements in complex tasks will be discussed. Readings will draw from developmental and adult literatures

PSYC 259 - Seminar in Quantitative Psychology
Instructor: Dan Ozer
Time: Monday, 2:10pm - 5:00pm
Topic: Psychological Measurement
Description:
This seminar will address basic and applied issues in psychological measurement, with emphasis on statistical and conceptual foundations in scale construction, evaluation, and use in research. Topics/issues to be addressed include: Reliability in classical test theory as well as generalizability theory as an extension of the domain sampling model, modern test theory including an introduction to item response theory, and validity including factor analytic and structural equation modeling approaches.  Course requirements include weekly readings and a student-designed measurement project appropriate to each student’s research interests.

PSYC 263 - Seminar in Physiological Psychology
Instructor: Kelly Huffman
Time: Tuesday, 10:10am - 1:00pm
Topic: Evolution of Brain and Behavior
Description: In this seminar, we will read and discuss important papers from the past that have helped define the field of Evolutionary Neuroscience. Additionally, we will incorporate discussions and presentations of recent research from the world’s leading scientists studying evolution of the brain and behavior. As this is a seminar housed within the Department of Psychology, we will focus our study on the evolution of mammalian neocortex and complex behaviors.

PSYC 270 - Proseminar on Current Research in Quantitative Psychology
Instructor: Chandra Reynolds-Gebelin
Time: Tuesday, 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Topic: Current Research in Quantitative Psychology
Description: Presentations by students, departmental faculty and visiting scholars describing current research in Quantitative Psychology.

PSYC 283 - Proseminar on Current Research in Cognitive Psychology
Instructor: Jon Willits
Time: Wednesday, 12:10pm - 1:30pm
Topic: Current Research in Cognitive Psychology
Description: Presentations by students, departmental faculty and visiting scholars describing current research in Cognitive Psychology.

PSYC 284 - Proseminar on Current Research in Developmental Psychology
Instructor: Rachel Wu
Time: Monday, 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Topic: Current Research in Developmental Psychology
Description: Presentations by students, departmental faculty and visiting scholars describing current research in Developmental Psychology.

PSYC 285 - Proseminar on Current Research in Social/Personality Psychology
Instructor: William Dunlop
Time: Thursday, 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Topic: Current Research in Social/Personality Psychology
Description: Presentations by students, departmental faculty and visiting scholars describing current research in Social/Personality Psychology.

PSYC 289 - Special Topics in Neuroscience
Instructor: Michael Adams
Time: Wednesday, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Topic: Special Topics in Neuroscience
Description: An interdisciplinary seminar consisting of student presentations and discussion of selected topics in neuroscience.