From 11:30 to 1:00 pm, Jaurès, 29 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris.
You can access the Google agenda of the internal events open to all DEC members here.
(*) The External DEC series and the DEC Lunch series take place on Tuesday and are open to all DEC members.
September 27, 2017
Bob Carlyon (MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, Englan) : "Pitch perception in acoustic and electric hearing: Hunting down the missing fundamentals"
The colloquium will exceptionally take place in Dussane (45 rue d'Ulm) from 11:30am to 13:00.
Pitch perception is important not only for the enjoyment of music and for the perception of prosody in speech, but also for our ability to process one sound, such as a voice, in the presence of competing sounds. Poor pitch perception, and the resulting difficulties when listening in noisy situations, are a common source of disability in deaf patients whose hearing has been restored by a cochlear implant (CI). I will summarise some experiments that address the following questions; (i) What aspects of the auditory-nerve response to sound are crucial for good pitch perception by normal hearing (NH) listeners? (ii) What is the biological basis for the severe limitations in pitch perception experienced by CI users? (iii) Are these limits fixed, or can they be partially overcome by the chronic electrical stimulation that occurs in the months following activation of a patient’s CI?, (iv) can pitch perception by CI users be improved by a drug that modulated fast-acting potassium channels? The experiments involve a combination of NH psychoacoustics, investigation of an illusory percept, CI psychophysics, electrophysiological recordings, and the results of a double-blind placebo-controlled drug trial. I will also briefly describe other experiments from our lab that aim to improve hearing by CI listeners.
October 10, 2017
Bahador Bahrami: "Wisdom, madness, and kindness of Crowds: What is the adaptive value of collective decision making?"
Many of us believe that two heads are better than one. Almost all of us also believe that too many cooks spoil the broth. Social psychology has provided evidence for both views raising the question if groups are not particularly better than individuals, what is the point of making decisions together? In my talk I will explore this question and suggest that consistent collective benefit is indeed real and achievable but not in the form of choice accuracy. You will have to sit through the talk - I am afraid - to see what my alternative is.
November 28, 2017
Jennifer Culbertson: "Cognitive constraints on language learning"
December 12, 2017
Larry Young: "Neurobiology of Social Bonding, Social Loss and Empathy: Implications for Autism."
January 16, 2018
Michael Bang Petersen: "The Design of the Political Mind"
February 13, 2018
Sonja Vernes: "Babbling bats and spoken language: a neurogenetic approach"
March (date TBC), 2018
Esther Duflo from MIT: "Bringing cognitive science to the field: Education in India"
April 10, 2018
Eva Fedorenko: "The cognitive and neural architecture of the human language system"
May 29, 2018
Josh Tennenbaum: "Reverse-engineering common sense in the human mind and brain"
March : "Bringing cognitive science to the field: Education in India" by Esther Duflo from MIT (date TBC).