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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A connectionist approach to value based decision making

Colloquium | March 1 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Gaurav Suri, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Connectionist approaches involving neural network modeling have been broadly and successfully applied in many areas of cognitive psychology including language, memory, learning and perception. However they have been infrequently applied in 'hot' psychological processes that feature affect and motivation. In this talk I will propose an Interactive Activation and Competition (IAC) neural network...   More >

The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People Today: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Dr. Nina Jablonski

Lecture | March 1 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University

 Graduate Division

Dr. Nina Jablonski will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 28 and March 1, 2017. The second lecture is titled "The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People Today" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the lecture
Skin is the primary interface between ourselves and our environment, and changes in the...   More >

Dr. Nina Jablonski

Thursday, March 2, 2017

How to Prepare Human Subjects Protocols for Your Research Projects

Workshop | March 2 | 3-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Emily Harden, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects; Jason Silva, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Featured Speaker: Emily Harden, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects
Featured Speaker: Jason Silva, Office for the Protection of Human Subjects
Moderator: Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships
Sponsor: Office of Undergraduate Research

This workshop is designed for undergraduates who are seeking to do independent research involving human participants....   More >

Grappling with Cure

Lecture | March 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Tilden Room

 Eli Clare, Author, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure

 Public Health, School of

Join writer and activist Eli Clare as he grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds.

 

  Register online

Friday, March 3, 2017

Cognition Colloquium: Metareasoning and mental simulation.

Colloquium | March 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Jessica Hamrick, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Our own Jessica Hamrick will present her exit talk, "Metareasoning and mental simulation."

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Cal R.A.D. Self-defense for Women* Training: Training 1

Workshop | March 4 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Foothill Student Housing, Foothill Assembly Room

 Christine Ambrosio, CalRAD

 Gender Equity Resource Center

The R.A.D. System is a 9-12 hour comprehensive, women-only course that begins with risk awareness and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training (http://www.rad-systems.com). Please wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Bring a pen for taking notes, a towel, water and food for yourself.

This event is the 1st of 2 training sessions, with the second training on 3/11/2016.

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 No children under 14 y/o.

 $10 - $20 $10 with Cal ID $20 without

  Enrollment opens September 1. Enroll online or by calling Justin Crosby at 3103510342, or by emailing Justin Crosby at justincrosby@berkeley.edu by September 26.

Monday, March 6, 2017

“Evolution and the Dynamics of Prosocial Behavior”: Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition

Colloquium | March 6 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Alexander Stewart, University College London

 Department of Psychology

A Psychologist's Exile from Fascism: Renata Calabresi from Italy to New York

Lecture | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Patrizia Guarnieri, Professor of Cultural and Social History, University of Florence

 Department of History, Department of Psychology

Fascism and the racial laws of 1938 dramatically changed the scientific research and the academic community. Guarnieri focuses on psychology, from its promising origins to the end of the WWII. Psychology was marginalized in Italy both by the neo-idealistic reaction against science, and fascism (unlike Nazism) with long- lasting consequences. Academics and young scholars were persecuted because...   More >

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Psychology Colloquium - Choosing Empathy

Colloquium | March 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105 Tolman

 Jamil Zaki

 Department of Psychology

Empathy--people's ability to share and understand each other's emotions--is a powerful social force, but also can collapse when it is most needed, for instance during interactions between groups. Many theories of empathy hold that it occurs automatically, something like an emotional reflex. If this is the case, then its limits might be unavoidable. In this talk, I will lay out an alternative...   More >

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Race Matters in Schools: The Significance of School Racial Climate and Microaggressions for Adolescents and Emerging Adults

Colloquium | March 8 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Christy Byrd, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

This talk will review Dr. Byrd's research on students' perceptions of interactions and messages about race and culture in schools. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, schools remain locations where surface-level messages of tolerance and respect for all hide deep conflicts over race, culture, and identity. How do students understand the way race operates in their schools, and more...   More >

Friday, March 10, 2017

The nature of visual working memory: objects, scenes, and the role of semantic knowledge

Seminar | March 10 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Tim Brady, University of California, San Diego

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In this talk, I’ll suggest a rethinking of the nature of visual working memory: first, I’ll argue that we have a separate object working memory and scene working memory system, which show themselves in a wide variety of tasks (ranging from developmental psychology to cognitive neuroscience) and each contribute to nearly all working memory tasks. Second, I’ll argue that working memory, like...   More >

Stagger Lee | Francisco Newman, Allen Willis | United States, 1970

Film - Documentary | March 10 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A powerful portrait of an exceptional man, Stagger Lee was filmed in the San Francisco County Jail where Black Panther cofounder Bobby Seale was held pending his extradition to Connecticut. In an expansive interview, Seale holds forth on cooking, poetry, intimacy, solitary confinement, revolutionary psychology, and Huey Newton. Director Francisco Newman succeeds brilliantly at his goal of...   More >

 Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cal R.A.D. Self-defense for Women* Training: Training 2

Workshop | March 11 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Foothill Student Housing, Foothill Assembly Room

 Christine Ambrosio, CalRAD

 Gender Equity Resource Center

The R.A.D. System is a 9-12 hour comprehensive, women-only course that begins with risk awareness and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training (http://www.rad-systems.com). Please wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Bring a pen for taking notes, a towel, water and food for yourself.

This event is the 1st of 2 training sessions, with the second training on 3/11/2016.

*...   More >

 No children under 14 y/o.

 $10 - $20 $10 with Cal ID $20 without

  Enrollment opens September 1. Enroll online or by calling Justin Crosby at 3103510342, or by emailing Justin Crosby at justincrosby@berkeley.edu by September 26.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The role of auditory feedback in speech production: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | March 13 | 4 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105

 John Houde, Speech & Nuroscience Lab Otolaryngology UC San Francisco

 Department of Psychology

An important part of understanding the neural control of speech is determining how auditory feedback is processed during speaking. The behavioral phenomena associated with auditory feedback suggest a paradox about its role: it need not be present for intelligible speech production, but if it is present, it needs to be correct or speech output will be affected. For this reason, current models of...   More >

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The psychology of political risk in autocracy: Evidence from Zimbabwe

Colloquium | March 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Lauren Young, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Stanford

 Center for African Studies

One of the Center for African Studies weekly sessions in our Spring 2017 Colloquium Series.

Lauren Young

Understanding Person Recognition: Psychological, Computational, and Neural Perspectives

Seminar | March 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Alice O’Toole, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas

 Department of Psychology

The study of person recognition over the last decade has concentrated almost entirely on recognition from the faces. In the real world, recognition of others often begins at a distance, where identity-specific information in the face is poorly resolved. At this distance, identity information in the shape of the body can support and constrain recognition. Remarkably little is known about how we...   More >

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Life Events and Personality Change

Colloquium | March 15 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Wiebke Bleidorn, Associate Professor, UC Davis

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

A large body of research has shown that personality traits can and do change across the life span. In fact, most people experience medium-sized to large changes in their personality as they traverse adulthood. The observed changes in personality traits have led to a great deal of speculation about the conditions and causes of these changes. While all major theories of personality development...   More >

Thursday, March 16, 2017

School Accountability: What’s SEL Got To Do With It?

Panel Discussion | March 16 | 4-6 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Education/Psychology Library

 Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute; Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Associate Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Southern California; Joshua P. Starr, Chief Executive Officer, PDK International; Elliot Turiel, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate School of Education, Berkeley

 Prudence L. Carter, Dean, Graduate School of Education, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

Join us for a conversation with experts and practitioners in the field of social emotional learning (SEL) to explore importance in a child’s academic success, and how schools can deliver and measure SEL in the context of creating equitable educational learning environments. We will also delve into emerging questions in educational research and policy.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cognition Colloquium: Uncovering visual priors in spatial memory using serial reproduction

Colloquium | March 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Thomas Langlois

 Department of Psychology

Our own Thomas Langlois will present his work on, "Uncovering visual priors in spatial memory using serial reproduction."

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The neuroscience of cognitive development and mathematics skill acquisition

Lecture | March 21 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Torkel Klingberg

 Department of Psychology

Professor Torkel Klingberg from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden will be giving a lecture in the Cognitive Neuroscience colloquium series in Psychology.

Food Politics and the Twenty-First Century Food Movement: Barbara Weinstock Lectures on the Morals of Trade by Marion Nestle

Lecture | March 21 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University

 Graduate Division, Berkeley Food Institute

Marion Nestle will present the Weinstock lecture on March 21, 2017. Her lecture is titled "Food Politics and the Twenty-First Century Food Movement" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Marion Nestle

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Neuroscience of Social Emotions and Cognition: From Ontogeny to Plasticity

Colloquium | March 22 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Tania Singer, Professor and Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

The social neurosciences have focused on the question of how people relate to and understand each other. Researchers have distinguished between at least two different routes on the understanding of others: one affective-motivational route referring to our ability to feel with (empathy) and for (compassion) another person, and a cognitive route allowing to infer other people's intentions, beliefs,...   More >

Friday, March 24, 2017

Formats for thinking

Seminar | March 24 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Elisabeth Camp, Rutgers University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Many philosophers, logicians and psychologists assume an exhaustive and exclusive dichotomy between "imagistic", iconic, or pictorial representations and "discursive", logical, or propositional ones. Others dismiss the distinction as meaningless, on the ground that any content can be captured in propositional terms. Adherents of both positions often conclude that thought -- at least, cognition of...   More >

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Reprogramming the Brain to Health Symposium: Brain Training to Promote Brain Health

Conference/Symposium | March 29 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Mark D'Espostio, UC Berkeley; Dan Krawcyzk, UT Dallas; Tony Chen, UCSF; Ian Robertson, UT Dallas; Michael Merzenich, UCSF; Adam Gazzaley, UCSF; Sandra Chapman, UT Dallas

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

This symposium will bring together the most distinguished brain scientists to share and learn up-to-date breakthroughs in brain research.

  RSVP by emailing ucbbraintrainingsymposium@gmail.com by March 28.