Bridging biology and computation in the service of understanding how language evolved. Gary Marcus

Thursday, 4 September, 2014 - 09:30 to 11:00

Absent a time machine we may never know exactly why language - a cognitive system that leaves no direct fossils - evolved, but with deeply integrated, interdisciplinary approach, drawing on genetics, neuroscience, linguiistics, psychology, and computation, there is some hope that we might reconstruct how language evolved: what genetic innovations were there?

Leah Krubitzer -

Monday, 1 September, 2014 - 11:30 to 12:30

Cognitive effects on decision-making processes - David Redish

Tuesday, 9 September, 2014 - 11:30 to 13:00

Current technology allows the manipulation and recording of large neural ensembles in awake, behaving rats.  Using mathematical analyses of these large ensembles, we have been able to identify cognitive events in decision-making rats, such as deliberation, the development of habit, and regret.  I will present our latest work looking at the neural processing mechanisms underlying these cognitive events, and I will discuss their consequences on decision-making processes.


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