COGS 200: Faculty Research Seminar
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science 200: Faculty Research Seminar
(Section ID: 913354)
Friday afternoons, CSB 003
Student discussion session: 2-2:50PM
Public lecture: 3-4:30

Organizer: Gary Cottrell

Fall 2017

To join the cs200 mailing list to receive announcements of talks, see this instruction page. Cognitive Science 200 is an interdisciplinary seminar of changing topics, and is used as a mechanism for Ph.D. students in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program and in the Cognitive Science Department to achieve breadth.  This quarter, we will be having a pro-seminar of UCSD faculty in Cognitive Science and related deparments.

For the most part, we have invited junior faculty to share their research with the campus community and the public. Please join us for this variegated tour of UCSD Cognitive Science.

The room for Cogsci 200 is Cognitive Science Building 003.  The meeting times are Fridays 2-2:50PM for registered students, and 3:00-4:50PM for the lectures (to which the UCSD Cognitive Science community is invited). This will be followed usually by the cognitive science happy hour in the cog sci building courtyard, where students and speakers can interact in a more relaxed manner.

The graduate student section from 2-2:50 will involve the professor using the dreaded index card method: students will be asked questions about the papers that are intended to generate some discussion and understanding of the material. Students are therefore expected to have done the reading before class. The method involves index cards with every student's name on them. These are shuffled at the beginning of class, and then students are asked questions in order of their appearance on the card. The first question is almost always, "What is the point of this paper?", and is often asked several times until we converge on one or more main themes of the paper.

The requirements for the class are:

0) attendance at all lectures and participation in all discussion sections. That said, if you have a reasonable conflict for one or two talks over the course of the quarter, it is acceptable to miss class.
1) reading the assigned papers (usually 2 per week); 
2) being able to answer questions about them in discussion section;
3) asking the speaker a question as often as possible - a necessary academic skill! and
4) writing an approximately 10 page research proposal that is of your own choosing - it could be an extension to one of the topics covered in the lectures, tesing a hypothesis about salience or attention, pitting the various models against one another, etc.  It should be specific enough that there are clear criteria for success or failure. The draft of this is due in the 8th week, the final version is due on the Monday of finals week.


Students may take the seminar only for four units of S/U credit, unless you can show me that your department or program requires a letter grade. Students should register for COGS 200, section id 913354.

PRESENTER TITLE (click for abstract)

Brad Voytek, Cognitive Science
Neural oscillations: what, where, when, and why?
Cole SR & Voytek B (in press)  Brain oscillations and the importance of waveform shape, Trends Cogn Sci

Richard Gaoa, Erik J. Peterson, Bradley Voytek (2017) Inferring synaptic excitation/inhibition balance from field potentials. Neuroimage



Christina Gremel, Psychology
Corticostriatal circuits and action control
Christina M. Gremel1 & Rui M. Costa (2013) Orbitofrontal and striatal circuits dynamically encode the shift between goal-directed and habitual actions. Nature Communications 4:2264 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3264

Peter H Rudebeck, Richard C Saunders, Anna T Prescott, Lily S Chau & Elisabeth A Murray (2013) Prefrontal mechanisms of behavioral flexibility, emotion regulation and value updating. Nature Neuroscience doi:10.1038/nn.3440


Erik Viirre, Neuroscience
Requirements for a Conversational Agent for Medical Symptoms
Hannah L Semigran, Jeffrey A Linder, Courtney Gidengil, Ateev Mehrotra (2015) Evaluation of symptom checkers for self diagnosis and triage: audit study. British Medical Journal

Hannah L. Semigran, David M. Levine, Shantanu Nundy, Ateev Mehrotra (2016) Comparison of Physician and Computer Diagnostic Accuracy. JAMA Internal Medicine.

Kevin A. Kerber, Brian C. Callaghan, Steven A. Telian, William J. Meurer, Lesli E. Skolarus, Wendy Carender, James F. Burke. (2017) Dizziness Symptom Type Prevalence and Overlap: A US Nationally Representative Survey. The American Journal of Medicine.

Matthew Fulkerson, Philosophy
Beyond Pleasant Touch
Matthew Fulkerson (2016) Affective Touch from a Philosophical Standpoint. In H. Olausson et al. (eds.), Affective Touch and the Neurophysiology of CT Afferents, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-6418-5_19

Francis McGlone, Ake B Vallbo, Hakan Olausson, Line Loken, and Johan Wessberg (2007). Discriminative Touch and Emotional Touch. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology 61(3):173-183


Tim Brady, Psychology
The nature of visual working memory: objects, scenes, and the role of semantic knowledge
Brady, T. F., Störmer, V., and Alvarez, G. A. (2016). Working memory is not fixed capacity: More active storage capacity for real-world objects than simple stimuli. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(27):7459-7464.

Brady, T. F. and Alvarez, G.A. (2015). No evidence for a fixed object limit in working memory: Ensemble representations inflate estimates of working memory capacity for complex objects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 41(3):921-9.

Leon Bergen, Linguistics
Probabilistic models of pragmatics
Frank, Michael C. and Goodman, Noah (2012) Predicting Pragmatic Reasoning in Language Games. Science 336:998.

Bergen, Leon and Goodman, Noah C. (2015) The Strategic Use of Noise in Pragmatic Reasoning. Topics in Cognitive Science 7:336–350.

Justine T. Kao, Jean Y. Wu, Leon Bergen, and Noah D. Goodman (2014) Nonliteral understanding of number words. PNAS 111(33):12002-12007.

Veteran’s day: No Class
No Class
What is it you don't understand about "no class"?

Eran Mukamel, Cognitive Science
The role of the epigenome in brain development and plasticity
Mukamel, E.A. & Lister, R. (2017) Beyond mCG: DNA Methylation in Noncanonical Sequence Context. In DNA Modifications in the Brain. Cambridge: Academic Press.

Luo et al. (2017) Single-cell methylomes identify neuronal subtypes and regulatory elements in mammalian cortex Science 357:600–604.


Lara Rangel, Cognitive Science and Neuroscience
The flexible coordination of hippocampal neurons in rhythms
Rangel, LM, Rueckemann, JW, Riviere, PD, Keefe, KR,  Porter, BS, Heimbuch, IS, Budlong, CH, Eichenbaum, H. (2015) Rhythmic coordination of hippocampal neurons during associative memory processing. eLife DOI: 10.7554/eLife.09849:, pp. 1-24.


Steven Dow, Cognitive Science
Advancing Collective Innovation
Pao Siangliulue, Joel Chan, Steven P. Dow, and Krzysztof Z. Gajos. (2016) IdeaHound: Improving Large-scale Collaborative Ideation with Crowd-powered Real-time Semantic Modeling. In UIST ’16, Tokyo, Japan.

Yu, Lixiu and Nickerson, Jeffrey (2011) Cooks or Cobblers? Crowd Creativity through Combination. In Computer-Human Interaction (CHI-11), Vancouver, CA.

The instructor is Professor Gary Cottrell, whose office is CSE Building room 4130.  Feel free to send email to arrange an appointment, or telephone (858) 534-6640.

Most recently updated on January 11th, 2017 by Gary Cottrell,