Category: Psychology

Presentation on Probabilistic Information Jan. 27

Professor Rocio Garcia-Retamero, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Granada, Spain, will present “Where Are We Going Wrong?
The Evidence on Communicating Probabilistic Information,” Monday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 2:50 p.m., in Meese Center 109. Garcia-Retamero will be discussing research that focuses on the efficacy of simple messages containing visual aids to improve risk understanding and medical decision making that also investigates the psychological mechanisms mediating the effect of the visual aids.

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Cokely on the Making of an Expert

HBRAn article by Edward Cokely (CLS), “The Making of an Expert,” has been reprinted in a special issue of the Harvard Business Review’s On Point Magazine.

HBR NEWSSTAND SPECIAL ISSUE
Find Your Focus: Get Things Done the Smart Way (HBR OnPoint Magazine)

Articles include “Extreme Productivity,” “Make Time for the Work That Matters,” “Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?” “The Making of an Expert,” “Do You Play to Win–or to Not Lose?” “The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs.” You’ll also find selected content from our website, such as “Will Focus Make You Happier?” “Train Your Brain to Focus,” and “Six Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity.”

Read more at the Harvard Business Review.

Candidate for Chair of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences Presentation

Candidate for chair of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Susan Amato-Henderson, currently associate professor of psychology and graduate director, will present a synopsis of her research, teaching, and research accomplishments, lay out her vision for the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, and field questions from interested parties, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Meese Center 110.

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Mueller Interviewed by NPR

crosswordOn the 100th birthday of the crossword puzzle, NPR interviewed Assistant Professor Shane Mueller (CLS) about the skills required to be a puzzle master. Mueller also weighed in on the issue of whether doing crosswords staves off dementia. (Hint: Don’t neglect those holiday parties and long walks.)

From Tech Today.

Do Crossword Puzzles Really Stave Off Dementia?

COLE: And the winners were quietly invited to join Britain’s code-breaking department. The mental prowess of crossword solvers has also attracted the attention of scientists. A few years ago, cognitive psychologist Shane Mueller watched a movie about crossword puzzles.

SHANE MUELLER: And I thought: I could learn to play the crossword.

COLE: Mueller is a professor of psychology at Michigan Tech, so naturally, he approached his new hobby in a very scientific way.

Read more or listen to the story at NPR, by Adam Cole.

Jeon and Auditory Emoticons

Associate Professor Christopher Plummer (VPA) has had two works accepted for publication. One of them is co-authored by Assistant Professor Myounghoon Jeon (CLS). Plummer’s book review of Phillip Giddings’ text titled “Audio Systems Design and Installation” will be published in the January issue of the journal Theatre Design & Technology. A collaborative paper with Jeon and Jason Sterkenburg titled “Auditory Emoticons: Iterative Design and Acoustic Characteristics of Emotional Auditory Icons and Earcons” has been accepted for presentation at HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) International 2014 and for publication in the conference proceedings.

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Coordination and Control of Muscle Force

Cognitive and Learning Science Seminar

Coordination and Control of Muscle Force
Xiaogang Hu
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
2:00 pm, Meese 110

Abstract: The interactions between the environment and our perception and action are dynamic. Thus, flexible coordination and control of our skeletal muscles are essential when we interact with our environments. In this talk, I will discuss the adaptability of muscle force coordination under the influence of task settings, uncertainty of visual information, and aging constraints. Based on the constraint-to-action framework, we have examined the force adaptability features using both experimental and modeling approaches. I will also share with you the innovative techniques that can provide valuable information regarding the neuromuscular mechanisms of muscle force control in healthy and pathological conditions. Taken together, these approaches allow us to investigate the behavioral and neuromechanical interactions between human and their environments.