Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

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For more than 100 years, comparative psychologists have sought to understand the evolution of human intelligence. New paradigms for studying cognitive processes in animals—in particular symbol use and memory—have, for the first time, allowed psychologists and neuroscientists to compare higher thought processes in animals and human beings.  New imaging approaches have also facilitated exploring the neural basis of behavior and both animals and humans.  Questions concerning the nature of animal and human cognition have defined the themes of this seminar whose members include specialists in cognition, ethology, philosophy and neuroscience.

Yaakov Stern
Professor of Neuropsychology, Columbia University, Taub Institute

Herbert S. Terrace
Professor of psychology, Columbia

Cait Williamson

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/18/2014 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Neurobiology of Primate Prosocial Behavior
Steve Chang, Yale University

10/14/2014 Faculty House
4:00 PM
The Syntax of Mind: Dendrophilia and Human Cognition
Tecumseh Fitch , University of Vienna

11/20/2014 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Developmental Origins of Differential Responding to Social Categories
Paul Quinn, University of Delaware

12/11/2014 Faculty House
4:00 PM
The Emerging Synthesis of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology: Implications and Limits for Understanding the Transgenerational Effects of Early Experience
Myron Hofer, Columbia University

01/22/2015 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Can Nonlinguistic Musical Training Change the Way the Brain Processes Speech?
Aniruddh Patel, Tufts University

02/19/2015 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Constraints and flexibility in human object representations: Insights from infancy
Lisa Feigenson, Johns Hopkins University

03/05/2015 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Inferential Understanding of Ostensive Communication in Preverbal Infants
Gyorgy Gergely, Central European University

Faculty House
4:00 PM
CANCELLED -- Variability and Invariance in Speech and Lexical Processing: Evidence from Aphasia and Functional Neuroimaging
Sheila Blumstein , Brown University

04/16/2015 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Consciousness and the Social Brain
Michael Graziano , Princeton University