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Previous Speakers and Topics

The Psychology Speakers Series is sponsored by the Psychology Department, Psi Chi, and the J. William and Katherine C. Asher Endowed Research Fund. Some of the most recent speakers and information about their presentations are below.

Fall, 2011




Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Jeffrey Karpicke, Purdue University

"Retrieval-based learning: Practicing retrieval as a tool for meaningful learning "



Thursday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Karen L. Gunther, Wabash College

"What Where's Waldo Can Tell Us About Visual Anatomy"



Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. P. Thomas Schoenemann, Indiana University, Bloomington

"Research on the evolution of brain and language"

The evolution of the human brain is assumed to have been driven by the evolution of human behavior. One of the most profound behavioral adaptations of the human species was the development of language, an important effect of which was to magnify social interactions spurring even greater behavioral evolution. Understanding the coevolution of brain and language is therefore a critical question in human evolution. Several research areas provide clues about this process: the fossil and archaeological evidence of brain and behavioral evolution, comparisons of brain and behavior in living species, and simulations of the evolutionary process. I will discuss some research I have been pursuing in these areas, and will argue for a model of brain/language coevolution that emphasizes increasing conceptual complexity as a key driver of the process. 


Spring, 2011


Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Tonya Bergeson-Dana, IUPUI

"The Role of 'Motherese' and the Dynamic Faces in Infants' Attention to Speech after Cochlear Implantation."



Thursday, March 31, 7:00p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Barbara Schindler, Drexel University College of Medicine

"Women and Addictive Disorders: A Clinician's 20 Year Perspective"



Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Rick Hullinger, Indiana University

"An Ecological Analysis of Selective Attention "



Fall, 2010


Thursday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Frank McAndrew, Knox College

"The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip"

Recommended reading:
Scientific American Article


Thursday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Lisa Hess, Indiana University School of Medicine

"Values and Decision-Making in Ovarian Cancer"



Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Joshua Clarkson, University of Florida, Warrington College of Business

"When Perception is More than Reality: An Exploration of the ‘Illusory Fatigue’ Phenomenon in Self-Regulation"

"The dominant perspective in self-regulation posits that the exhaustion (i.e., depletion) of people’s self-regulatory resources impairs performance on subsequent tasks that demand these limited resources. In response to this dominate view of self-control, my collaborators and I have engaged in a series of projects aimed at understanding the impact of people’s subjective perceptions of their mental depletion (what we’ve termed ‘illusory fatigue’) on self-control behaviors. Across a variety of domains, we show that individuals who perceive themselves as less (as opposed to more) depleted, whether high or low in actual depletion, show improved problem-solving abilities, enhanced attention regulation, more thoughtful response to persuasive appeals, and greater reliance on specific (versus holistic) product information. Addition work shows these effects to stem from differences in working memory capacity, suggesting illusory fatigue alters people’s ability—not motivation—to access these important, albeit limited, self-regulatory resources. Implications for current conceptualizations of self-regulation, as well as future directions regarding the impact of illusory fatigue on goal activation and resource calibration, are discussed."


Spring, 2010


Thursday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Winter Mason, Yahoo Research

"Discovering the meaningful connections between people, and what they believe about each other's beliefs."

"This talk describes two related research projects. In the first, we approach the problem of inferring relevant social networks from interpersonal communication, and discover that a systematic investigation of the definition of a "tie" between two people can result in large (~30%) improvements in accuracy on prediction tasks that use the features of the inferred network. In the second, we consider what individuals believe about the people in their social networks. We use a Facebook application to investigate how similar friends' beliefs are, how similar they perceive each other to be, and their how accurately their perceptions are, and discover that even close friends may not know each other as well as they think they do."


Tuesday, March 9, 7:00p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Neil Schmitzer-Torbert, Wabash College

"This is your rat on drugs: The effect of cocaine on habit learning in rats."

Recommended reading:
Nelson & Killcross


Thursday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Christina Wagner, DePauw University

"Coping with Breast Cancer from the Husband's Perspective"



Fall, 2009


Thursday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. 
Julian Science Center Auditorium (Room 147)

Thomas W. James, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Programs in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience 
Indiana University, Bloomington

"fMRI of Agnosia Reveals Visual Pathways for Action and Perception"

Photo of Ed Hirt  

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.
Olin Auditorium

Dr. Ed Hirt
Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Indiana University, Bloomington

"Gender and Self-Handicapping"


Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.
Julian Science Center Auditorium (Room 147)

Dr. Rob Goldstone
Chancellor Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Director of Cognitive Science Program 
Indiana University, Bloomington

"The Hive Mind: Experiments on Collective Human Behavior"