Spring 2019

Developmental tuning of action selection

January 17, 2019

12–1:30 p.m., International Lounge, Usdan

Dr. Catherine Hartley, NYU

Abstract:  Computational reinforcement learning models provide a framework for understanding how individuals can evaluate which actions are beneficial and which are best avoided. To date, these models have primarily been leveraged to understand learning and decision-making in adults. In this talk, I will present studies characterizing developmental changes, from childhood to adulthood, in the cognitive representations and computations engaged to evaluate and select actions. I will discuss how these changes may optimize behavior for an individual’s developmental stage and unique life experiences.


January 31, 2019

12–1:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg, Boston University

Location TBD


March 7, 2019

12–1:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Mike Kahana, UPenn

International Lounge, Usdan

Fall 2018

The nose is not enough: re-evaluating our typology of the chemosensory systems

September 27, 2018

12–1:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Donald Katz, Brandeis University

International Lounge, Usdan

Social by default: Outlining the social psychological functions of the default network

November 1, 2018

12–1:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Meghan Meyer, Dartmouth

Location: Levine-Ross, Hassenfeld

Functional Imaging of the Human Brain: A Window into the Architecture of the Mind

November 29, 2018

12–1:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Nancy Kanwisher, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT

Location: International Lounge, Usdan

Previous Colloquiums

Special Colloquium: How do Culture and Race Impact the Brain, Body, and Behavior?

January 25, 2018

12–1:30 p.m.

Featuring talks by:

  • Dr. Valerie Purdie Greenaway, Columbia University

  • Dr. Jiyoung Park, University of Texas at Dallas

Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

A special talk sponsored by the Chief Diversity Officer, Provost, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Heller, and IBS.

A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program

Exercising Your Brain and Mind

February 8, 2018

12–1:30 p.m.

  • Arthur F. Kramer, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Location: Alumni Lounge, Usdan

Learning and Attention in Infants: The Importance of Prediction in Development

March 22, 2018

12–1:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Richard N. Aslin, Yale University

Location: Luria 1-3, Hassenfeld

Age Effects on the Neural Processing of Value-Based Decisions

March 29, 2018

12–1:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Joshua O. Goh, National Taiwan University

Location: Luria 1-3, Hassenfeld