About the Cognitive Science Concentration:

(Slight revisions December 2005)

The Concentration in Cognitive Science is run in cooperation with the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies of the CUNY Graduate School.

An official description of the Concentration can be found in the GSUC Bulletin.

To pursue studies in the Concentration, one must be a degree candidate in one of the six constituent Ph.D. Programs.
Application for admission must be made to the affiliated Ph.D. Program of choice, though it is typically useful also to consult in advance with the Coordinator of Cognitive Science.
To receive application forms, please send e-mail to admissions@gc.cuny.edu, or to Mr. Les Gribben, Director of Admissions, at: lgribben@gc.cuny.edu, or call at (212) 817-7470.

To Download an Application click here.

Also, check the information about the application process.

There is, in addition, a highly useful Web Page for the Office of the Registrar.

And there are general information pages both for prospective students and for current students.

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  • Course Requirements: Students working in Cognitive Science normally take, in addition to various courses in their home Ph.D. Program, both a dedicated Cognitive Science Seminar--when that is given--and at least two other courses in two distinct participating programs other than their home program.

    Those courses will nornally be chosen from those cross-listed under the Concentration in Cognitive Science.

    When a dedicated Cognitive Science Seminar is not available, a student may substitute a suitable cross-listed course from a discipline of choice.

    Those other courses should be chosen in consultation with the Coordinator.

    Under special circumstances, active participation in the weekly Cognitive Science Symposium, including making several presentations, may substitute for at least part of this course requirement.

    After course work is complete: Depending on whether the dissertation is cast in an interdisciplinary way, it may be desirable to have interdisciplinary representation on the dissertation committee.

    Moreover, specially constructed qualifying examinations may sometimes be arranged.

    Upon receipt of the Ph.D., the Coordinator will write a Letter of Achievement concerning the student's accomplishments in Cognitive science for inclusion in that student's program and placement files.

    The Coordinator will also, when appropriate prior to the Ph.D., write for inclusion in a student's files a letter describing that student's work in the Concentration.

    A list of suitable courses for fall 1998 is available here. This list is also available, formatted somewhat differently, in The Graduate School's official listing of courses.

    You can also check several past semesters of courses crosslisted in Cognitive Science, for comparison and to get an idea of what courses might be available in various programs in upcoming semesters.

    Please get in touch with the Coordinator with any questions you may have about course choice, and to discuss plans for work in Cognitive Science.

    In particular, when courses are taken in conjunction with Cognitive Science Concentration, please consult in advance with the Coordinator about course choices.

    And please check with individual professors or with the Executive Officer of the relevant program about prerequisites and desirable background for the various courses.

    It may be helpful to consult the alphabetical listing of all faculty members at the CUNY Graduate School.

    Students and faculty interested in Cognitive Science should also see announcements of our weekly meetings of the Cognitive Science Symposium.

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    The CUNY Cognitive Science Symposium:

    The Cognitive Science Symposium meets weekly. All meetings during the regular school year are on Fridays, from 1:00 to 3:00.

    We meet at The City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City, between 34th and 35th Streets. For any information, please e-mail David Rosenthal at

    davidrosenthal [at] nyu.edu

    Approximately once a month during the school year we have a presentation by somebody outside CUNY; other weeks somebody from within CUNY, either graduate students or faculty, present their work.

    Announcements about meetings are made here and by subscription to the Cognitive Science listserv, cogsci-l (for more, click here).

    We also sometimes meet during the summer, usually then on Thursdays at 2 pm, in room 7-102.

    Spring 2010 Fridays, 1:00 pm, Room 7-102, CUNY Graduate Center February 19: Frédérique de Vignemont Philosophy, NYU and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) "I Have No Idea Where You Touch Me" Michal Klincewicz will give his talk, rescheduled because of snow, on May 14; see below. March 5: Stephen Neale Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center "Models, Modals, Muddles" March 12: Heinz Helle Hochschule für Philosophie, Munich "Higher Order Theory and Type F Monism" March 19: Myrto Mylopoulos Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center "Consciousness and Action Control" March 26: Michael Pauen Philosophy, Berlin School of Mind and Brain Title TBA April 2: No talk--Spring Break April 9: Pär Sundström Philosophy, Umeå University Title TBA April 16: No talk--CUNY Graduate Student Conference April 23: Barbara Montero and Corey Evans Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center "Rational Intuition in the Art of Chess" April 30: Jay Atlas Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and Philosophy Pomona College Title TBA May 7: Galen Strawson Philosophy, MIT and University of Reading Title TBA May 14: Michal Klincewicz Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center "Conscious States in Four Dimensions" Fall 2009:

    September 11:  James Uleman
    	Psychology, NYU
    	"Unconscious Inferences, Free Will, and Other Apparent Oxymorons" 
    September 18:  No talk--Rosh Hashanah
    September 25:  James Dow
    	Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
    	"They are One Person, They are Two Alone: 
    		Self-Ascription, Identification and Person Perception"
    October 2:  Jeremy Gray
    	Psychology, Yale University
    	"Self-Control and Intelligence:  What's the Relation?"
    October 9:  Howard Shevrin
    	Psychology, University of Michigan Medical School
    	"The Pivotal Role of Unconscious Processes in Brain Functioning"
    October 16:  Ryoji Sato
    	University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy/NYU Philosophy
      	"Whither Animal Consciousness?"
    October 23:  Philipp Koralus
    	Philosophy and Neuroscience, Princeton University 
    	"The Open Instruction Theory of Attitude Reports"
    October 30:  No talk--NYU Conference
    November 6:  Willem deVries
    	Philosophy, University of New Hampshire
    	"Sellars vs. McDowell on the Structure of Sensory 
    November 13:  Jennifer Matey
    	Philosophy, Florida International University 
    	"Can Blue Mean Four?  What Synaesthesia Tells 
    	     Us about Perceptual Content"
    November 20:  Benjamin Kozuch
    	Philosophy, University of Arizona
    	"Using Eliminative Methodology to Locate the 
    		Neural Correlates of Consciousness"
    November 27:  No talk--Thanksgiving 
    December 4:  Michelle Montague
    	Philosophy, University of Bristol
    	"The Content of Experience"
    Summer 2009:
    July 9:   Rohit Parikh
     Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
     “Belief, Behavior, and Bisimulation”
    July 16:  Daniel Harris
     Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
     “Contextualism and Semantic Methodology”
    July 23:  Jake Davis
     Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
     “Attention!  ‘Mental Pointing’ and Somatosensory Response”
    July 30:  Dan Shargel
     Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
     "Emotions Without Intentionality"
    August 6:  Elijah Chudnoff
     Philosophy, University of Miami
     “Intellectual Gestalts”
    August 13:  Kyle Ferguson
     Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
     "Detecting Theory of Mind in Nonlinguistic Animals”
    August 20:  Tony Cheng
     Philosophy, National Cheng-chi University, Taipei
     “Burge, Ontology, and Visual Psychology”
     Wesley Chai
     Philosophy, National Cheng-chi University, Taipei
     “A Defense of HOT Theory—Somatoparaphrenia and Thin Immunity Principle”
    Spring 2009 (click here for a pdf list of dates and speakers):

    February 13: Jesse Prinz

        Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

        “Is Attention the Key to Consciousness?"

    February 20: Alex Todorov

        Psychology, Princeton University

        “Evaluating Faces on Social Dimensions”

    February 27: Michael Devitt

        Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

        “Experimental Semantics”

    March 6: Samir Chopra

        Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center and Computer Science, Brooklyn College

        "Attribution of Knowledge to Artificial Agents"

    March 13: Koji Ota

        Philosophy, Kyoto University, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and

            Visiting Research Scholar, Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

        “Theorization and Attribution of Consciousness”

    March 20: Benjamin Young

        Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

        “Stinking Consciousness!”

    March 27: Haruka Tsutsui

        Philosophy, Tokyo University

        “J. J. Prinz's Moral Relativism and the Possibility of Moral Convention”

      and Mineki Oguchi

        Philosophy, Tokyo University

        “Conceptualism Revised: Through Criticizing Noë’s Enactive Approach”

    April 3: James Higginbotham

        Philosophy and Linguistics, University of Southern California

        Title TBA

    April 24: David Pereplyotchik

        Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center


        Susan Schweitzer

        Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center

        “Connectionist Sentence Processing Is Not Like Human Sentence Processing."

    May 1: Sebastian Kolodziejczyk

        Philosophy, Jagiellonian University

        “Non-conceptual Content and the Demonstrative Strategy”

    May 8: Iris Balodis

        Yale University School of Medicine

        “Self-Control and Addiction”

    Fall 2008 (click here for a pdf list of dates and speakers):

    Friday, September 19: Joseph Levine

        Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

        "Demonstrative Thoughts and Experience"

        Room 7-102

    The talk is based on a paper entitled "Demonstrative Thought," available at http://www.umass.edu/philosophy/faculty/levine.htm

    Friday, September 26: Valtteri Arstila

        Philosophy, University of Turku, Finland, and University of Connecticut

        "Time and Consciousness"

        Room 7-102

    MONDAY, October 6 (**NOTE SPECIAL DAY AND ROOM**): Pierre Jacob

        Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris

        "Mirroring, Imagining and Concept Possession"

        DIFFERENT ROOM: *** Room 8-203 ***

    Friday, October 10: Chris Sula

        Cognitive science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

        "Connections between Inferentialism, Connectionism, and Social Cognition"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 17: Laraine McDonough

        Psychology, CUNY Program in Cognitive Development

        "Whorf: Developmentally Warped"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 24: Michał Klincewicz

        Cognitive science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

        "Self-Consciousness as Time-Consciousness"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 31: Hakwan Lau

        Columbia University, Psychology and Consciousness and Computation Lab

        "Functions and Mechanisms of Visual Awareness"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 7: Xuan-Nga Cao

        CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College, Linguistics

        "Poverty of the Stimulus and Syntax Acquisition: No Shortcuts"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 14: Brad Weslake

        University of Rochester, Philosophy

        "Interventionism and Mental Causation"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 21: Jennifer Corns

        Cognitive science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

        Title TBA

        Room 7-102

    We won't meet November 28; have a very good Thanksgiving!

    Friday, December 5: TBA

        Room 7-102

    The Summer 2008 Speaker Schedule: Click here for the SUMMER 2008 SCHEDULE as a pdf file, including dates and speakers.

    Summer 2008, Thursdays, 2-4, room 7-102
    Thursday, June 12, Aaron Schurger	
    	Psychology, Princeton University	
    	"Category Discrimination Without Awareness in Normal Subjects and the 'Luke Skywalker' Effect"
    No more talks until:
    Thursday, July 10, Joshua Davis
    	Psychology, Columbia University
    	Title TBA	
    Thursday, July 17, Uriah Kriegel	
    	Philosophy, University of Arizona	
    	"The Phenomenal Intentionality Research Program"
    Thursday, July 24, Francesco Pupa and Erika Troseth
    	Philosophy, Nassau Community College, and 
    	Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center
    	"Syntax and Interpretation"
    Thursday, July 31, Alex Kiefer	
    	Philosophy and Cognitive Science, CUNY Graduate Center	
    	Title TBA
    Thursday, August 7, Kyle Ferguson	
    	Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center	
    	Title TBA
    Thursday, August 14, Mark Alfano	
    	Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center	
    	"Towards a Semantics of the Primary Processes"
    Click here for the SPRING 2008 SCHEDULE as a pdf file, including dates and speakers.

    Spring 2008, Room 7-102, Fridays, 1:00 pm
    February 1:  Michela Tacca
         Philosophy and Social Sciences, Università di Siena
        "The Structure of Vision:  Systematicity of Visual Feature Binding"
    February 8:  Kristina Musholt
         Philosophy and Neuroscience, MIT and Berlin School of Mind and Brain
         "Self-Consciousness and (Non-)Conceptual Content"
    February 15:  Myrto Mylopoulos
         Philosophy and Cognitive Science, CUNY Graduate Center
        "On the Perceived Timing of Intention and Action"
    February 22:  Brian Fiala
        Philosophy, University of Arizona
        "The Phenomenology of Explanation and the Explanation of
    February 29:  Walter Dean
         Computer Science, CUNY Graduate Center
         "A New (?) Argument Against Functionalism"
    March 7:  Joshua Dulberger
         Philosophy and Cognitive Science, CUNY Graduate Center
         "The Advantages of Not Being a Zombie:  An Hypothesis for the Function of Consciousness"
    March 14:  Jacob Berger
         Philosophy and Cognitive Science, CUNY Graduate Center
         "Do Phenomenal Experiences Constitute Phenomenal Beliefs?"    
    March 21 and 28:  No Meetings--Good Friday and CUNY 
         Graduate Student Conference 
    April 4:  David Morrow 
         Philosophy and Cognitive Science, CUNY Graduate Center
         "Moral Psychology and the 'Mencian Creature'"
    April 11:  No meeting--Tucson Consciousness Conference 
    April 18 and 25:  No Meeting--Graduate Center Spring Break
    May 2:  John Greenwood
         Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
         "Freud's 'Tally' Argument, the Evaluation of Psychotherapy, and a Most Peculiar Paradox"
    May 9:  David Pereplyotchik
         Philosophy and Cognitive Science, CUNY Graduate Center
         Title TBA
    Fall 2007, Room 7-102, Fridays, 1:00 pm
    September 28:  Rachel Szekely
        Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center 
        "Locating the Existential Import of the Existential Sentence"
    October 5:  Clayton Curtis
        Psychology, NYU
        "Frontal Cortical Representations of Space in Service of Memory, Attention, and Intention"
    October 12:  Alex Kiefer
        Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center 
        "The Self-Representationalist Challenge to HOT Theory"
    October 19:  Richard Samuels
        Philosophy, Ohio State University 
        Title TBA
    October 26:  Daniel Shargel
        Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center 
        "Self-Consciousness as a Function of Consciousness."
    November 2:  Jacob Beck
        Philosophy, Harvard University
        Title TBA
    November 9:  James Dow
        Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center 
        "Self-Consciousness Ain't in the Head"
    November 16:  Mark Textor 
        Philosophy, King's College London and Universität Bern
        "Brentano on Judgement and Inner Consciousness"
    November 30:  Kristina Musholt
        Philosophy and Neuroscience, MIT and Berlin School of Mind and Brain
        Title TBA
    December 7: Philipp Koralus
        Philosophy and Neuroscience, Princeton University 
        "Necker Cubes and Duck Rabbits:  Semantics Meets Visual Feature Binding Theory"
    Summer 2007, Room 7-102, Thursdays, 2:00 pm
    July 5:  Pete Mandik
           Cognitive Science and Philosophy, William Patterson
           "Animat Semantics"
    July 12:  Chris Sula
           Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
           "Noncognitivism and the Neural Correlates of Moral
    July 19:  Benjamin Young
           Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
           "Functional Psychosyntax"
    July 26:  Jim Hitt
           Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
    August 2:  Penny Park
           Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
           "Considering Perception in terms of Sense-Data and Beliefs"
    August 16:  Michal Klincewicz
           Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
           "Self-presentation and and The Priority of Intentionality"
              Spring 2007, Room 7-102, Fridays, 1:00 pm
       February 16:  Faraneh Vargha-Khadem 
            Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
                Development Cognitive Neuroscience Unit
            "Speech and Language and the Evolution of Humans:  Insights 
                from Studies of the FOXP2 Gene and the KE Family"
       February 23:  Uriah Kriegel
            Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of Arizona 
                University of Sydney
            "Personal-Level Representation"
       March 2:  Elisabeth Brauner
            Psychology, CUNY Subprogram in Experimental Psychology 
            Title TBA
       March 9:  John Kulvicki 
            Philosophy, Dartmouth College
            "Introspective Availability"
       March 16:  Pete Mandik
            Cognitive Science and Philosophy, William 
                Patterson University 
            "The Neurophilosophy of Subjectivity"
       March 23:  Alex Kranjec
            Psychology, Brooklyn College
            "Looking for Time in Space:  Extending Spatial 
                Frames of Reference to Temporal Concepts"
       March 30, April 6:  No meetings, Spring Break 
       April 13:  Patricia Kitcher 
            Philosophy, Columbia University 
            Title TBA
       April 20:  Aaron Schurger
            Neuroscience of Cognitive Control Laboratory, 
                Princeton University 
            "Dissociating Attention from Awareness, Theoretically
                and Empirically"
       April 27:  Peter Langland-Hassan
            Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center 
            "Imagination from the Inside Out" 
       May 4:  TBA
       May 11:  Adam Morton
            Philosophy, University of Alberta
            "Searching versus Inference"
               Fall 2006, Room 7-102, Fridays, 1:00 pm
       September 29, Jerry Fodor 
            Cognitive Science and Philosophy, Rutgers University
            "An Evolutionary Cognitive Science?  We Should All Live So Long"
                 >>> Note special room: 9-206 <<<
       October 6, Anatoly Nichvoloda
            Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
            "A Model of Motorsensory Coordination in Enactive Approach to 
                 Perception and Consciousness"
       October 13, Virginia Valian
            Linguistics and Psychology, Graduate Center and Hunter College
            "Nativism and Behavioral Evidence"
       October 20, Frank Pupa
            Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
            "Logic, Conversation, and the Semantics of 'and'"
       October 27, Ben Young
            Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
            "Intuition Caps, Innateness, and the Exemplar Theory of 
                 Phenomenal Concepts"
       November 3, Pierre Jacob
            Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris
            "What Do Mirror Neurons Contribute to Human Social Cognition?"
       November 10: Leib Litman and Mark Zelcer
            Psychology, NYU, and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
            "A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach to the Sorites Paradox"
       November 17, Glenis Long
            Speech and Hearing Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center
            "The Ear as a Sound Generator--Understanding Hearing by 
                 Measuring Sounds Made by the Ear"
       November 24, No meeting--have a good Thanksgiving
       December 1, Erika Troseth
            Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center
            "Some Aspects of Valency Alternations"
       December 8, Massimo Piatelli-Palmerini
            Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and Psychology,
            University of Arizona
            "Rethinking Evolution, Language and the Evolution of Language"
    Friday, February 10: Diego Fernandez-Duque

        Psychology, Villanova University

        "Attention and Perceptual Awareness: Lessons from Neuropsychology" Abstract: I will discuss a case of a patient with atypical Alzheimer's disease that reveals the contribution of attention to the perceptual awareness of objects. This patient is able to see two objects presented sequentially, but can only see one when the objects are presented simultaneously. I will also discuss the case of a patient whose cerebral hemispheres have been disconnected (split-brain). The patient is capable of localizing a stimulus even when unable to recognize its identity. This reveals the presence of spatial localization and attention in the absence of perceptual awareness. For more information about my work and publications, see my website: http://www18.homepage.villanova.edu/diego.fernandezduque/

        Room 7-102

    Friday, February 17: Roblin Meeks

        Princeton University

        "You Are Not Here: Locating the Self in the Brain"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, February 24: Sean Kelly

        Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Princeton University

        "Content and Perceptual Constancy"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, March 3: Heidi Maibom

        Philosophy, Carlton university

        "I Feel What You Think"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, March 10: Par Sundstrom

        Philosophy, Umea University, Sweden

        "Sensory Qualities and Concept Empiricism"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, March 17: Jesse Prinz

        Cognitive Science and Philosophy, University of North Carolina and Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

        "Overselling Innateness"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, March 24: Peter Langland-Hassan

        Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

        "Misimagining Mind: Imagery Deficits in Schizophrenia"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, March 31: David Pereplyotchik

        Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

        "Systematicity in Language and Thought"

        Room 7-102

    We will not meet April 7, 14, or 21; have a good spring break.

    Friday, April 28: Arnon Cahen

        Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis

        "The Implicit Self in Perception"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, May 5: John Greenwood

        Psychology and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

        "The Cognitive Revolution in Psychology"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, May 12: Nada Gligorov

        Cognitive Science and Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center

        "Plasticity and Phenomenal Character"

        Room 7-102


    SPRING 2005 (click here for a list of dates and speakers):

    Friday, February 18: Gary Marcus

        New York University, Psychology

        "Minds, Brains, and Neurons: On the Physical Basis of Complex Cognition"


    Friday, February 25: Declan Smithies

        New York University, Philosophy

        "The Autonomy of Personal Level Explanation"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, March 4: Robert Matthews

        Rutgers University, Cognitive Science and Philosophy

        "A Measurment Account of the Attitudes"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, March 11: Klara Marton and Richard Schwartz

        Brooklyn College, Psychology, and CUNY Graduate Center, Speech and Hearing Sciences

        "Interaction among Executive Functions, Working Memory, and Language Comprehension"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, March 18: Stephen Schiffer

        New York University, Philosophy

        "Knowledge of Language"

        Room 7-102

    We won't meet Friday, March 25; have a good week. Friday, April 1: Stephanie Beardman

        Columbia and Barnard, Philosophy

        "Altruism and the Experimental Data on Helping Behavior"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, April 8: Dan Sperber

        Institut Jean Nicod and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris

        "An Evolutionary Perspective on Inference and Reasoning"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, April 15: John Greenwood

        CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy and Psychology

        "From Gall's On the Functions of the Brain to Ferrier's The Functions of the Brain"

        Room 7-102

    We won't meet April 22 or 29; have a good two weeks.

    Friday, May 6: Jennifer Church

        Vassar College, Philosophy

        "Seeing Reasons"

        Room 7-102

    FALL 2004 (click here for a pdf file of speakers and dates):

    Because of the Jewish holidays, we won't meet in September.

    Friday, October 1: Galen Strawson

        Graduate Center and Reading, Philosophy

        "Intentionality and Experience"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 8: Martin Chodorow

        Graduate Center, Linguistics and Hunter College, Psychology

        "Automated Evaluation of Writing"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 15: William P. Seeley

        CUNY Graduate Center, Cognitive Science and Philosophy

        "What Cognitive Science Tell us About Art: Aesthetics and the Constructivist Hypothesis"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 22: Juan Montaña

        CUNY Graduate Center, Cognitive Science and Philosophy

        "Massive Modularity and Rationality"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 29: Sandeep Prasada

        Graduate Center, Linguistics and Hunter College, Psychology

        "Formal Explanatory Structure in Commonsense Conception"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 5: Lewis Bott

        New York University, Psychology

        "Psycholinguistic Investigations into Gricean Implicatures"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 12: Fiona Hibberd

        Sydney, History and Philosophy of Psychology

        "The Compulsion to Repeat and Present-Day Psychology"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 19: Alan Thomas

        University of Kent at Canterbury, Philosophy

        "Reconciling First Order Absorption and the Ubiquity of Self-Awareness"

        Room 7-102

    We won't meet Friday, November 26; have a good Thanksgiving.

    Friday, December 3: Douglas Meehan

        CUNY Graduate Center, Cognitive Science and Philosophy

        "Feature Binding and Multiple-Object Tracking"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, December 10: Pete Mandik

        William Paterson University, Philosophy and Cognitive Science

        "Reductive and Representational Explanation in Synthetic Neuroethology"

        Room 7-102

    SPRING 2004 (click here for a pdf list of dates and speakers):

    Friday, February 20: Sydney Shoemaker

        Cornell and NYU, Philosophy

        "On the Way things Appear"

        NOTE: We'll meet on the Concourse Floor, ROOM C-201.

    Friday, February 27: Joshua M. Knobe

        Princeton University, Philosophy

        "The Normativity of Folk Psychology"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, March 5: Martin Davies

        Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy, and Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University

        "Anosognosia and the Two-Factor Theory of Delusions"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, March 12: Anne Aimola Davies

        School of Psychology, Australian National University, Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center, Cognitive Science, and Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University

        "Disorders of Spatial Orientation and Awareness"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, March 19: Ricardo Otheguy

        CUNY Graduate Center, Linguistics

        "Functional Approaches to Structure and Variation in Language"

        Room 8-203

    Friday, March 26: Josh Weisberg

        CUNY Graduate Center, Cognitive Science and Philosophy

        "Is This Trip Really Necessary? A Critique of Modal Methods in Consciousness Studies"

        Room 7-102

    We won't meet Friday, April 2 or 9; have a good Spring break.

    Friday, April 16: Brian Loar

        Rutgers University, Philosophy and Cognitive Science

        "Recognitional Concepts"

        Room 7-102

    SATURDAY, April 17: Tony Stone and Martin Davies

        Tony Stone is Principal Lecturer in Psychology at London South Bank University; Martin Davies is Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University, Research School of Social Sciences and the CUNY Graduate Center.

        They will talk at 10 am on Theory of Mind, and

        at 4 pm on delusions.

        >>> Note Special Room: C-197

    Friday, April 23: John Greenwood

        CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy

        "What Happened to the 'Social' in Social Psychology?"

        Room 8-203

    Friday, April 30: Oliver Kauffmann

        University of Copenhagen, Philosophy

        "HOT Worries: Critical Reflections on the Higher-Order-Thought Theory of Consciousness"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, May 7: Suparna Rajaram

        SUNY Stony Brook, Psychology

        "Intact and Impaired Memories: Processing and Neural Considerations"

        Room 7-102

    FALL 2003 (click here for a pdf list of dates and speakers):

    Friday, September 19: John Flavell

        Stanford, Psychology

        "Development of Children's Knowledge about Mental Experiences"

        >>> NOTE: We'll meet on the Concourse Floor, ROOM C-197.

    Friday, September 26: Rebecca Robare

        CUNY Program in Experimental Cognition

        "Orthographic Processing and Semantic Access: How the Left and Right Cerebral Hemispheres Process the Shapes of Words"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 3: William McClure

        Graduate Center, Program in Linguistics

        "Change of State Syntax"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 10: Michael Devitt

        CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy

        "Intuitions in Linguistics"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 17: Chris Summerfield

        Columbia University, Psychology

        "Top-Down Influences on Visual Awareness: Seeing What You Expect to See"

        Room 8-203

    Friday, October 24: Massimo Piatelli-Palmerini

        University of Arizona, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and Psychology

        "Lessons from the Piaget-Chomsky (et at least.) Debate 30 Years after"

        Room 7-102

    A written version (in two parts) is available online at:



    Friday, October 31: James M. Hitt

        Graduate Center, Philosophy and Cognitive Science


        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 7: Achille Varzi

        Columbia University, Philosophy

        "The Hole Story"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 14: Frances Egan

        Rutgers University, Philosophy and Cognitive Science

        "Putting Mind in its Place: Two Kinds of Psychological Externalism"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 21: Karyl Swartz

        Lehman College, Psychology

        "What is Mirror Self-Recognition?"

        >>> Room 8-203

    We won't meet Friday, November 28; have a good Thanksgiving.

    Friday, December 5: Robert Lutzker

        Graduate Center, Philosophy and Cognitive Science

        "Recognitional Concepts and Conscious Sensations"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, December 12: Par Sundstrom

        NYU and Umea University, Sweden, Philosophy

        "Colour and Consciousness"

        Room 7-102

    If you'd like to volunteer to give a talk or suggest somebody else as a speaker, or if you're not subscribed to the Cognitive Science LISTSERV, cogsci-l and would like to be, please e-mail me at: davidrosenthal [at] nyu.edu

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    The Fall 2002 schedule was as follows:

    Friday, September 20: Alvin I. Goldman

        Rutgers University Department of Philosophy and the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS)

        "Elucidation and Defense of the Simulation Theory of Mindreading: From Philosophy to Cognitive Neuroscience"

        NOTE: We'll meet on the 4th Floor, in the SCIENCE CENTER, ROOM 4-102.

    Friday, September 27: Diana Buchman

        The Marine Mammal Laboratory of the Osborne Laboratory for Marine Sciences, NY Aquarium, and the CUNY Biopsychology and Hunter College Animal Behavior and Conservation Subprograms

        "Preliminary Observations of Mirror Self-Recognition in Beluga Whales (Delphinapterus Leucas): A Comparative Perspective"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 4: Saul Smilansky

        University of Haifa, Department of Philosophy

        "Reflections on the Free Will Problem"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 11: Sergei Artemov

        CUNY Graduate Center Programs in Computer Science and Philosophy

        "Semantics of Epistemic Logic: Witnesses vs. Possible Worlds"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, October 18: Mark McEvoy

        CUNY Graduate Center Philosophy Program

        "There Goes the Neighbourhood: How the Materialist about Minds Can Live with Knowledge of Abstract Objects"

        Room 8-203

    Friday, October 25: Jenn Fisher

        CUNY Graduate Center Philosophy Program

        "Normative Theories of How We Know Logic"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 1: Jonathan Waskan

        The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

        "Minds are In, and Contents--which Explain but do not Cause--are Out"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 8: Valerie Shafer

        CUNY Graduate Center Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences

        "Neuro-Electrical Indices of Language Processing: What Can They Tell Us about Language and the Brain?"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, November 15: Arthur Reber

        CUNY Graduate Center Psychology Program, Sub-Program in Experimental Psychology

        "Musings on the Origins of Consciousness"

        The talk will in part give a preview of the Cognitive Science IDS Course he will offer in Spring 2003 on The Cognitive Unconscious.

        Room 8-203

    Friday, December 6: Barbara Montero

        Georgia State University, Department of Philosophy

        "Proprioception as an Aesthetic Sense"

        Room 7-102

    Friday, December 13: Elizabeth Vlahos

        New York University, Philosophy

        "How Not to Explain Consciousness: Why (All) Higher-Order Accounts Fail"

        Room 7-102

        Room 7-102

    The following talks were given during Fall 2001:

    On Friday, September 21, Jerrold J. Katz of the CUNY Graduate Center Programs in Philosophy and in Linguistics will give a talk entitled "Is Philosophy of Language Based on a Mistake?"

    On Friday, September 28, Dan Zahavi of the Department of Educational Philosophy at the Danish University of Education in Copenhagen will give a talk entitled "The Problem of Self-Awareness in Twentieth-Century German Thought."

    On Friday, October 5, Fritz McDonald on the CUNY Program in Philosophy will lead a discussion on John Perry's paper, "Self-Notions," available online at:


    On Friday, October 12, Christopher Viger, Canadian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University and Visiting Scholar in Cognitive Science at CUNY will give a talk entitled "What Consciousness Might Be For."

    On Friday, October 19, Georges Rey of the University of Maryland at College Park Department of Philosophy will give a talk entitled "Representational Content and a Chomskyan Linguistics."

    On Friday, October 26, Gilbert Harman of the Princeton University Department of Philosophy will give a talk entitled "Practical Aspects of Theoretical Reasoning."

    On Friday, November 2, David Pitt of Brooklyn College will give a talk entitled "Psychologism in Linguistics."

    On Friday, November 9, James J. Jenkins and Winifrid Strange, both of the Graduate Center Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences will give a talk entitled "Dynamic Variance in Speech Perception: What Experimenters Do when 'What Everybody knows is true' is False."

    On Friday, November 16, Patricia Kitcher of the Columbia University Department of Philosophy will give a talk entitled "Freud's Moral Psychology."

    On Friday, November 30, we will have two talks:

    From 11 am - 1 pm: Martin Davies of the Philosophy Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, now visiting at Michigan, will give a talk entitled "People Believe the Strangest Things: Delusions and Where They Come From."

    From 2 - 4 pm: Anne Maguire of the School of Psychology at the Australian National University, now visiting at the University of Michigan, will talk on "Studies in Unilateral Neglect."

    On Friday, December 7, Nada Gligorov, Graduate Center Philosophy and Cognitive Science, will talk on research about masked priming.

    On Friday, December 14, Pete Mandik, Philosophy and Cognitive Science, William Paterson University, will give a talk entitled "Varieties of Representation in Evolved Autonomous Agents."


  • FALL '01:
    Topics in IDS (Cognitive Science): Innateness of Language
    (IDS 701)

    Professor Janet Dean Fodor, Linguistics, GSUC

    Tuesday, 4:15-6:15

    Description: IDS 701 Innateness of Language Janet Dean Fodor Grad Ctr, Tuesdays 4:15

    We will review and update the classic arguments for innate knowledge of language: species specificity, neurological and genetic bases, language universals, poverty of the stimulus for acquisition. On this we will read Bickerton, Chomsky, Crain, Marcus, Pinker and others. We will also examine the recent arguments against innateness of language, in work by Cowie, Elman et al., Pullum, Sampson, and others. This is an interdisciplinary course. Students from all relevant programs (linguistics, philosophy, psychology, speech and hearing, computer science) are welcome.

    Janet Dean Fodor Professor, Ph.D. Program in Linguistics, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 jfodor@gc.cuny.edu Tel: 212-817-8502

    SPRING '98:

    Cognitive Science Course: Listed as Speech and Hearing U803

    TIME: Thursday, 11:45-1:45, Room 927 Main Graduate Center Building, 3 credits

    "Complex Systems in Neurobiology, Language and Speech"

    Kevin Knuth, Ph.D.

    NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Ph.D. Program in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Researcher at the Dynamic Brain Imaging Lab of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    See also Complex Systems Course Information

    Those interested in the course should send email to Dr. Knuth at kknuth@balrog.aecom.yu.edu about times that would be best for the course to be held; Dr. Knuth will try to accommodate as many people as possible.

    The study of complex systems is the ultimate interdisciplinary study having emerged from advances in many diverse fields such as: anthropology, biology, chemistry, ecology, economics, linguistics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, psychology, and sociology. What do these fields have in common? They all deal with a variety of problems that exhibit extreme complexity, yet are all derived from the same most basic building blocks and ultimately are expected to follow the same physical laws. The study of complex systems explores the similarities among the rich variety of complex systems in an attempt to learn the basic laws or rules that govern their structure, behavior, and evolution.

    The first part of the course will be a general introduction to complex systems and will focus on their common characteristics. From this broad picture we will develop the ability to see these systems differently. Armed with this new intuition and a host of new questions we will examine three fields in more detail: neurobiology, language, and speech. The design and behavior of the nervous system will be approached in terms of structures and behaviors common in complex systems. We will explore the dynamics of coordination, and the nature of perception. Language will be examined from several different points of view: as an interaction between complex systems, a process of encoding information, and a property of a larger evolving complex system constrained by biology and sociology.

    This course will be approached intuitively with very little mathematics. Students from all fields are encouraged to enroll, especially those in the cognitive sciences, linguistics, speech and hearing, and philosophy. There is no textbook, but selected readings will be handed out during the course. Enthusiastic students may prepare by browsing through the following:

    Kauffman, S. 1995. At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity, Oxford Press, Oxford.

    Gell-Mann, M. 1994. The Quark and the Jaguar, W.H. Freeman and Co., NY.

    Kelso, J.A.S. 1995. Dynamic Patterns. The Self-Organization of Brain and Behavior, The MIT Press, Cambridge MA.

    Or by re-igniting your passion for science (related to complexity of course):

    Eiseley, L. 1978. The Star Thrower, Harcourt Brace and Co., NY.

    Hofstadter, D.R. 1979. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Vintage Books, NY.

    Schrödinger, E. 1944. What is Life?, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.


    Or check out the following web sites for starters:

    The Santa Fe Institute

    New England Complex Systems Institute - NEW!!!!

    The Center for Complex Systems at Florida Atlantic University


    Available soon.


    Available soon.


    Available soon.

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  • Graduate Student Conference at CUNY:

    Call for Papers Graduate Student Philosophy Conference The Graduate School and University Center The City University of New York Spring 1998 Papers on any topic are welcome from full- and part-time M.A. and Ph.D. students in philosophy. Papers should not exceed 16 pages in length, double spaced. Please send two copies per submission and attach a one paragraph abstract. Reviewing will be blind, and thus each copy should include a detachable title page listing the author's name, address (postal and e-mail), and phone number. Deadline for submission and mailing information available soon. Questions or requests for further information can be directed to the above address or by sending e-mail to dho@email.gc.cuny.edu.

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  • Spring 1997 Conference on Methods in Philosophy and the Sciences:

                       Conference on Methods
                  in Philosophy and the Sciences
                       Saturday May 3, 1997
                       The New School, NYC
                        (66 West 12th St.)
             Session I (10am) "Concepts: A New Account"
                  Speaker: Christopher Peacocke, Professor of Philosophy,
                  Oxford and New York Universities
                  Commentators: Georges Rey, Professor of Philosophy,
                  University of Maryland, College Park
                  Gideon Rosen, Professor of Philosophy, Princeton
             Session II (2pm) Frank Sulloway's Born to Rebel
                  Introduction: Frank Sulloway, Research Scholar, M.I.T.
                  Speakers: Morris Eagle, Professor of Psychology, Derner
                  Institute, Adelphi University.
                  Miriam Solomon, Professor of Philosophy, Temple
                  Respondent: Frank Sulloway.
        Room to be Announced.

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  • Society for Philosophy and Psychology, '97 Conference:

                        PROGRAM FOR THE 1997 ANNUAL MEETING
                                      OF THE
                                  June 5-8, 1997
                        New School for Social Research
                                New York City
                             65 Fifth Avenue, near 13th Street.
                             66 West 12th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
        THURSDAY, June 5
        9:00-12:00 Contributed Papers: PERCEPTION AND CONTENT
        CHAIR:  Frances Egan (Rutgers)
        David Sanford (Duke): "Some Puzzles about Prosthetic Perception"
        Commentator: Alva Noe (UC Santa Cruz)
        Robert Cummins (Arizona): "The LOT of the Causal Theory of Content"
        Commentator: Fred Dretske (Stanford)
        Steven Horst (Wesleyan): "Phenomenology and Psychophysics"
        Commentator: Wade Savage (Minnesota)
        9:00-12:00 Contributed Papers: INNATENESS
        CHAIR: TBA
        Gary Marcus (Massachusetts):  "Can Connectionism Save Constructivism?"
        Commentator: Bill Ramsey (Notre Dame)
        Brian Scholl (Rutgers): "Cognitive Architecture and Cognitive
        Development: Two Senses of Surprise"
        Commentator: TBA
        Andre Ariew (Arizona): "Pinker's Parsimony: The Innateness Debate over
        Language Acquisition"
        Commentator: Robert Matthews (Rutgers)
        1:15-4:00  Invited Symposium: IMPLICIT COGNITION
        CHAIR:  David Chalmers (UC Santa Cruz)
        SPEAKERS:   Philip Merikle (Waterloo)
                    Larry Jacoby (NYU)
                    Arthur Reber (CUNY)
        4:15-5:30  Invited Lecture:
        CHAIR:      TBA
        SPEAKER:    Patricia Goldman-Rakic (Yale)
        TITLE:      "The Neurobiology of Mental Representation"
        5:30-8:00  Poster Session + Reception (with wine & hors-d'oeuvres)
          Michael Antony (Haifa): "On the Temporal Boundaries of Simple Experiences"
          Alex Barber (McGill): "Semantic Theory and Causal/Explanatory Structure"
          S. Bringsjord, R. Noel, E. Bringsjord, G. Ginader, C. Viaggi, J. Daraio (RPI)
          "Explaining Phi without Dennett's Exotica: Good Ol' Computation Suffices"
          Jonathan Cohen (Rutgers): "The Case Against Holism Reconsidered"
          John Gibbons (NYU): "Truth in Action"
          Glenn A. Hartz (Ohio State): "How We Can be Moved by _Anna Karenina_ --
          and Green Slime"
          Jason Holt (Western Ontario): "Blindsight, Visual Streams, and Perception"
          Alexander Levine (Lehigh): "A Potential Circularity in the Study of
          Conceptual Change in Childhood"
          Mimi Marinucci (Temple): "Hume Revisited: Skepticism and Optimism and
          Contemporary Naturalistic Epistemology"
          Maja Mataric (Brandeis): "Studying the Role of Embodiment in Cognition"
          Natika Newton (NY Institute of Technology): "The Contradictions of
          David Pitt (Nebraska): "Nativism and the Theory of Content"
          Teed Rockwell: "Beyond Eliminative Materialism: Some Unnoticed Implications
          of Churchland's Pragmatic Pluralism"
          Peter W. Ross (CUNY): "Finding the Errors of Projectivist Theories of Color"
          Oron Shagrir (Hebrew U.): "Toward a Semantic Conce[tion of Computation"
          Paul Skokowski (Oxford): "Hard to Believe?  Networks and Representations"
          Edward Stein (Yale): "Toward a Sophisticated Psychological Theory of Sexual
          Michael Strevens (Iowa State): "Theories of Artifacts:A Neoclassical Account"
          Karsten Stueber (Holy Cross): "Simulation or Interpretation: Is the
          Simulation Theory Philosophically Testable?"
          Barbara Von Eckardt & Jeffrey Poland (Nebraska): "In Defense of the
          Standard View"
        FRIDAY, June 6
        9:00-11:45 Invited Symposium: EVOLUTION OF COGNITION
        CHAIR:      Colin Beer (Rutgers)
        SPEAKERS:   Elliott Sober (Wisconsin)
                    Susan Oyama (CUNY)
                    Bruce Moore (Dalhousie)
        11:45-1:15 Executive Committee Meeting
        1:15-3:15 Contributed Papers: CONSCIOUSNESS IN PHILOSOPHY
        CHAIR: Stuart Silvers (Clemson)
        Michael Peirce (Colorado): "Inverted Intuitions: Occupants and Roles"
        Commentator: Terry Horgan (Memphis)
        Brie Gertler (William and Mary): "Introspecting Phenomenal States"
        Commentator: Robert van Gulick (Syracuse)
        1:15-3:15 Contributed Papers: NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, MODULARITY
        CHAIR: TBA
        William Hirstein & V.S. Ramachandran (UC San Diego): "Identity and Familiarity
        of Faces in Capgras's Syndrome"
        Commentator: Janet Metcalfe (Columbia)
        Irene Appelbaum (Montana): "Context and Cognitive Architecture"
        Commentator: Ignatius Mattingly (Haskins Labs)
        3:40-4:55 Invited Lecture
        CHAIR:     Alice Kyburg (Wisconsin)
        SPEAKER:   Michael Tanenhaus (Rochester)
        TITLE:     "Eye Movements and Spoken Language Comprehension"
        4:55-6:10 Invited Lecture
        CHAIR:     Carolyn Ristau (Barnard)
        SPEAKER:   Paul Rozin (Pennsylvania)
        TITLE:     "Disgust, Contagion, and Preadaptation"
        SATURDAY, JUNE 7
        9:00-12:00 Invited Symposium: CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE EXPLANATORY GAP
        CHAIR:      David Rosenthal (CUNY)
        SPEAKERS:   Ned Block (NYU)
                    Nicholas Humphrey (New School)
                    Michael Tye (Temple)
        DISCUSSANT: Daniel Dennett (Tufts)
        1:15-3:15 Contributed Papers: CONCEPTS
        CHAIR: Jane Duran (UC Santa Barbara)
        Ruth Millikan (Connecticut): "Images of Identity: In Search of Modes of
        Commentator: Mark Crimmins (Michigan)
        Jesse Prinz (Washington U.): "Regaining Composure: A Defense of Prototype
        Commentator: Luca Bonatti (NYU)
        CHAIR:    Jim Garson (Houston)
        Ian Gold (Australian National U.): "40-hertz Oscillation, Binding, and
        Visual Consciousness"
        Commentator: Jochen Braun (Caltech)
        Bernard Baars (Wright Institute): "Consciousness Creates Global Access:
        Seven Examples and How They Relate to Personal Experience"
        Commentator: Owen Flanagan (Duke)
        3:30-4:45 Invited Lecture
        CHAIR:     TBA
        SPEAKER:   Gilbert Harman (Princeton)
        TITLE:     "Moral Philosophy Meets Social Psychology: Does Virtue Ethics
                    Commit the `Fundamental Attribution Error'?"
        4:45-5:45 Business Meeting
        6:15 Banquet Begins (Wine, Appetizers)
        6:30 Presidential Address: Marcel Kinsbourne (New School)
                                   "The Brain's Consciousnesses"
        7:30 Dinner
        SUNDAY, June 8
        9:30-12:15 Invited Symposium: LANGUAGE AND CONCEPTS
        CHAIR:     Robert Gordon (Missouri)
        SPEAKERS:  Susan Carey (NYU)
                   Lila Gleitman (Pennsylvania)
                   Stephen Schiffer (NYU)
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          David Chalmers (chalmers@paradox.ucsc.edu)
          Carolyn Ristau (car31@columbia.edu)

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  • Colloquium Series in Psychology--Rutgers, Newark Campus:

        Monday-4pm  Psychology Seminar Room- Smith Hall 371
        Sep 30 -- Stephen Jose Hanson,  Psychology Department, Rutgers- Newark
                        "Some Problems in Knowledge Representation (Part I):
                             Some comments on mapping spatial body sense with
                             connectionist systems"
        Oct 7 -- John Ceraso,  Psychology Department, Rutgers-Newark
                        "Spatial Location and the Integration of Properties"
        Oct 14 -- Alan Gilchrist, Psychology Department, Rutgers-Newark
                        "Veridicality and Error in Visual Perception"
        Oct 28 -- Benjamin O. Martin, Psychology Department Harvard University
                        "Imaging language-supporting function in the brain"
        Nov 11 -- Robert Nosofsky-- Psychology Department,
                                    Cognitive Science Program,
                                    Indiana University
                        "An Exemplar-Based Random Walk Model of Speeded Classification"
        Nov 4 -- Edward Large, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science
                               Department of Computer and Information Science
                               University of Pennsylvania
                        "A Theory of Attentional Dynamics"
        December TBA  Tomaso Poggio, Brain & Cognitive Science, CBCL, MIT
        Stephen J. Hanson
        Professor & Chair
        Department of Psychology
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  • SYMPOSIUM: "Neurobiology of Perception and Cognition: Studying the Mind's Eye":

        William Newsome, "Making decisions: the brain's link between
        	perception and action"
        Michael Posner, "Educating the human brain: an inside view"
        Anne Treisman, "Feature binding, attention and object perception"
        Patrick Cavanagh, "Attention's limited code for visual events"
        Tom Albright, "Visual surface segmentation and motion processing"
        Leslie Ungerleider, "Brain imaging studies of learning and memory"
        October 6, 1997
        City College of New York
        Shepard Hall, Room 95
        138th Street and Convent Avenue
        Registration is FREE, but space is limited.  Contact Professor Josh
        Wallman of the biology department by 
        fax: 212 650 8585, or
        e-mail: wallman@sci.ccny.cuny.edu,
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        e-mail address, fax number, and whether you'll need parking.

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  • SPRING 2001:
    Seminar in IDS (Cognitive Science): Attention, Memory, and Language Acquisition
    (IDS 801)
    Professor Richard Schwartz, Speech and Hearing Science, Graduate Center
    Monday, 4:15-6:15, Room TBA
    	Attention and memory are two basic cognitive processes that,
    	according to some views, are the foundation for more complex
    	cognitive domains such as language acquisition and performance.
    	Both topics have recently received considerable attention as
    	cognitive scientists attempt to map the neurobiology of basic
    	and complex cognitive processes.  In this seminar we will focus
    	reading and discussion on long-standing empirical and theoretical
    	descriptions of memory and attention as they relate to language
    	acquisition and language impairments in children.  We will also
    	consider more recent empirical studies of memory and attention
    	using electrophysiological and imaging techniques to study the
    	neurobiology of these systems. Course requirements include two
    	papers, a critical review of the literature and an empirical or
    	theoretical proposal.
    	Students will also lead one class discussion and attend the April
    	meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in April, which will
    	be held in New York City.
    SPRING 2003:
    Seminar in IDS (Cognitive Science): The Cognitive Unconscious (Smart or Stupid?)
    (IDS 701)
    Professor Arthur Reber, Psychology (Subprogram in Experimental Psychology), Graduate Center
    Tuesday, 4:15-6:15, Room TBA
           How smart is the cognitive unconscious?  Some theoretical 
           approaches assume that it is rather clever, capable of 
           establishing abstract representations, capturing symbolic 
           contents, and exerting control over emotional and motivational 
           aspects of behavior.  Others treat it as rather stupid, inflexible
           and limited to concrete and instantiated representations.  
           We will examine the literature and explore the behavioral, 
           neurocognitive and philosophical aspects of the field.

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    FALL 2000:
    Topics in IDS (Cognitive Science): Mechanisms of Syntax Acquisition
    (IDS 801)
    Professor William Sakas, Computer Science, Hunter
    Tuesday, 2:00-4:00, Room TBA

    Mechanisms of Syntax Acquisition

    Course Description

    William Sakas, Hunter College

    The Graduate School of the City University of New York

    Fall 2000

    3 credits


    The exact process by which a child acquires the grammar of his or her native language is one of the most beguiling open problems of cognitive science. Recent approaches attempt to use computational modeling to mirror the process in an attempt to inform developmental and theoretical research. Through a series of case studies, this course will introduce students to recent computational models of natural language syntax acquisition. The studies will be drawn from four paradigms: connectionist learning, statistical formal language induction, optimality theoretic learning and learning within the principles and parameters framework.

    Discussion will focus on what makes a particular experiment successful in terms of (1) the distribution of relevant properties of the input text and (2) heuristic linguistic and/or statistical knowledge that is embodied in the learning algorithm apart from what is induced during the acquisition process.

    For each paradigm, three class sessions will be scheduled. Roughly, they will cover:

    The goal of the course is not to provide a broad survey of different approaches. Rather, the case study approach is intended to give both hands-on experience and a basis from which to evaluate computational models not specifically addressed in the syllabus.

    Required work

    Four exercises will be assigned that require students to work through specific learning scenarios. Specifically, given algorithm A, and input text T, show the state of the learner's hypothesized grammar after each string drawn from T is consumed by A.

    As a final project, small groups of students will be expected to duplicate an experiment from one of the case studies and expand the investigated domain in some way. Results from the new experiment should be presented and used to argue for or against the paradigm from which the experiment was drawn in a 10-15 page paper.


    The course will be of interest to students in linguistics, computer science, developmental psychology and philosophy who are attracted to specific issues in language learnability or in general, the use of computational methods in the cognitive sciences.


    Programming skills are not required, although students with programming abilities will be encouraged to implement a substantial portion of at least one acquisition model.

    Also, although some knowledge of elementary probability theory and/or syntactic theory will be valuable, being comfortable with numbers and with an 'algorithmic approach' is all that is required since the computational methodology necessary to complete the assigned exercises will be covered in lecture.

    A tentative list of readings.

    Overview and Background

    Pinker, S. (1979). Formal models of language learning. Cognition, 7, 217-283. Reprinted (1994) in N. Sheehy & T. Chapman (Eds.), Cognitive Science. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.


    Elman, J , Bates, E.., Johnson, M., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Parisi, D., & Plunkett, K. (1997) Rethinking Innateness, MIT press. [Excerpts]

    Lawrence, S., Giles,C.L. and Fong, S. (To appear) Natural Language Grammatical Inference with Recurrent Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering

    Marcus, G. F. (1998) Rethinking eliminative connectionism. Cognitive Psychology. 1998;37(3):243-282.

    Marcus, G. F., Vijayan, S., Bandi Rao, S. and Vishton, P. M,. (1999) Rule Learning by Seven-Month-Old Infants, Science. 283, 77-80

    Statistical Grammar Induction

    Parekh, R. & Honavar, V. (1999) Automata Induction, Grammar Inference, and Language Acquisition. Invited chapter. In: Handbook of Natural Language Processing. Dale, Moisl & Somers (Ed). New York: Marcel Dekker. In press.

    Charniak, Eugene (1994) Statistical Language Learning, MIT press. [excerpts]

    Dupont, P. (1997) Grammatical Inference: formal and heuristic methods, unpublished manuscript, Universite Jean Monnet.

    de Marcken, C. G. (1996) Unsupervised Language Acquisition, unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, MIT [excerpts]

    Optimality Theory

    Tesar, B., and Smolensky, P. (1998) Learnability in Optimality Theory. Linguistic Inquiry 29:229-268.

    Principals and Parameters

    Frank, R. and Kapur, S. (1997) On the Use of Triggers in Parameter Setting. Linguistic Inquiry 27(2), 623-660

    Niyogi, P. and Berwick, R. C. (1996) A language learning model for finite parameter spaces. Cognition 61: 161-193.

    Sakas, W. G. and Fodor, J. D. (in press) The Structural Triggers Learner. To appear in S. Bertolo (ed.) Parametric Linguistics and Learnability: A Self-contained Tutorial for Linguists, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.