Harvard University's Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative will be
a graduate student conference this May, which we thought might be of
interest to some graduate students in your Psychology Department. Below
have included an announcement and schedule for this conference. Would
be able to circulate this information to graduate students in your
department? Thank you.
The Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative at Harvard would like to invite you
to attend this year's Harvard MBB Graduate Student Conference on the
Nature of Thought. We hope that this conference will bring together
graduate students in a variety of disciplines, and throughout the New
England area, whose work aims to better understand the nature of
The schedule for the conference is below. We welcome you to attend as
much of the conference as your own schedules permit. For more
information, visit mbb.harvard.edu or email mbb who-is-at eecs.harvard.edu.
THE NATURE OF THOUGHT
A HARVARD MBB GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE
All Talks will be held in the Sperry Room, Andover Hall, at Harvard's
Thursday, May 12
EVOLUTION & THOUGHT
11:30-1:00 PETER GODFREY-SMITH, Professor of Philosophy, Harvard
Australian National University
"Four Frameworks for Studying the Evolution of Mind"
1:00-2:00 LUNCH BREAK
2:00-2:45 MARK BAUER, Philosophy Department, UNC Chapel Hill
"Rejecting the Teleosemantic Schism"
2:45-3:30 CHRISTOS KAPOUTSIS, Computer Science and Artificial
Intelligence Laboratory, MIT,
"Sometimes Proofs Are Not Explanations"
LANGUAGE & THOUGHT
4:00-5:30 STEVEN PINKER, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology,
"Language and Thought"
5:30-5:45 COFFEE BREAK
5:45-6:30 ELIDEA BERNARDINO, Applied Linguistics Program, Boston
"The Role of Interaction in the Acquisition of Brazilian
6:30-7:15 CARLOS MONTEMAYOR, Philosophy Department, Rutgers University
"Language, Thought and the Language of Thought"
Friday, May 13
COMPUTERS & THOUGHT
10:00-11:30 STUART SHIEBER, Welch Professor of Computer Science,
"Resurrecting the Turing Test"
11:30-11:45 COFFEE BREAK
11:45-12:30 DAVID SCULLEY, Computer Science Department, Tufts
"Compression, Learning, and Metaphor"
12:30-1:15 NIGEL JACOBS, Computer Science Department, Tufts University
"The Limitations of Abstraction"
1:15-2:30 LUNCH BREAK
THE BRAIN & THOUGHT
2:30-4:00 EARL MILLER, Picower Professor of Neuroscience, MIT
"Concepts, Rules and Cognitive Control"
4:00-4:15 COFFEE BREAK
4:15-5:00 MARTIN MONTI, Psychology Department, Princeton University
"Logic, Language and the Brain: A Language-Independent
Distributed Network for Deductive Inference"
5:00-5:45 CHIYOKO KOBAYASHI, Psychology Department, Cornell
"Neural Basis of Universal Theory of Mind: fMRI Study with
For more information, visit mbb.harvard.edu or email
Registrar, Dept. of Psychology
P.O. Box 208205
New Haven, CT 06520-8205
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word,
a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
Leo Buscaglia, Author and Lecturer
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