Wretches & Jabberers—Thursday, November 14, 2013 Flyer
7:30 pm, Hoyt Auditorium
Documentary film screening and panel discussion
Co-sponsors: UR Cinema Group, Active Minds, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, Psychology Undergrad Council, and the International Services Office
Cognitive Science Dinner—Thursday, November 21, 2013
6:15 PM; Meliora Hall, Room 366
Speaker: Klinton Bicknell, (BCS, but will soon join the Dept of Linguistics, Northwestern University)
"Understanding Reading Without Words"
Reading is a complex learned skill that involves the rapid interplay of vision, language processing, and oculomotor control. Most models of how we read make the intuitive assumption that these three components are word-based, which simplifies the jobs of each component and the relationships between them: we perceive and linguistically process each word in sequence and then move the eyes on to another word. Here, I will argue that it is time to relax this assumption. In particular, I will argue that reading can be more efficiently performed if these components are not limited to the word level. Instead, I will present evidence for an alternative view in which (a) the visual system gathers noisy perceptual information about many words at once, (b) the language system constructs and maintains probability distributions over word sequences, and (c) the motor system directs the eyes to sub-word units. In each of these cases, the details of the reading process appear to show the sig natures of a rational system maximizing efficiency. More generally, I will suggest that new insights into the linguistic system may be gained by the detailed study of rational solutions to complex tasks in which language interfaces with perception and motor control.
Since we need to provide enough food, please let Kathy Corser know if you will be attending (and if you have any dietary restrictions).
SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 15-16, 2014 — Day of the Arts! Flyer
The Day of the Arts is a celebration of art in the University of Rochester community. Dance, music, theater, art, culture, and technology come together in a 24-hour celebration of the creative spirit.
SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 30, 2014 — Genetics Day!
This year's Genetics Day Event honoring Fred Sherman will be held Wednesday April 30, 2014. Randy Schekman, a winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, will give the Sherman Lecture