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Spring 2017 Colloquium:

Dr. Carrie Figdor, Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience, University of Iowa


"The Proper Domain of Psychological Predicates"

Many people readily accept that chimpanzees, dolphins, and other familiar animals can think and feel. But biologists claim, on the basis of new research, that plants and fruit flies make decisions, worms and honeybees can be trained, bacteria communicate linguistically, and even that neurons have preferences. How seriously should we take their claims? Very seriously, on my view: they're using psychological terms literally to describe their findings. I'll present evidence for these unexpected uses, explain why a literal interpretation of them is best, and explain how biology is undermining the anthropocentricism of our traditional understanding of psychology.

Friday, April 21st, 4:00 pm, Room 215 Tolentine Hall

reception to follow

Previous Cognitive Science Speakers

2016-2017 Academic Year Speakers

  • Fall, 2016, Dr. Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburg


2015-2016 Academic Year Speakers

  • Spring, 2016, Dr. Susan Schneider, University of Connecticut
  • Fall, 2015, Dr. Ani Patel, Tufts University

  • Fall, 2015, Dr. Roger Remington, University of Queensland

2014-2015 Academic Year Speakers

  • Spring 2015, Dr. Art Kramer, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois

  • Fall, 2014, Dr. Brenda Rapp, Johns Hopkins University

2013-2014 Academic Year Speakers

  • Spring 2014, Dr. Brian Scassellati, Yale University

  • Fall 2013, Dr. Julio Villa-Garcia, Villanova University

2011-2012 Academic Year Speakers

  • Spring 2012, Dr. Larry Barsalou, Emory University

  • Fall 2011, Dr. Georg Theiner, Villanova University

2010-2011 Academic Year Speakers

  • Spring 2011, Dr. Russell Romeo, Michigan State University

  • Spring 2011 - Dr. Lance Kriegsfeld, University of California – Berkeley

  • Fall 2010 - Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, The University of Pennsylvania
    Dr. Brian J. Scholl
    Department of Psychology, Yale University

  • Spring, 2009 - Dr. Brian Scholl, Yale University

2007-2008 Academic Year Speakers

  • Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago


2006-2007 Academic Year Speakers

  • February 22, 2007 - Dr. Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo Emotional Consciousness

  • December 1, 2006 - Dr. Steven Sloman, Brown University Causal Models of Reasoning and Choice