Current Events

Regular colloquia are Wednesdays, 2:00 P.M. –  4:00 P.M., in 280 Park Hall (unless otherwise noted), North Campus, and are open to the public. To receive email announcements of each event, please subscribe to one of our mailing lists by clicking the link  that best describes you: studentUB Faculty and Staff, or Non-UB Cognitive Scientist. You can also subscribe to our calendar.

Background readings for each lecture are available to UB faculty and students on UB Learns. To access, please log in to UB Learns and select "Center for Cognitive Science" → "Course Documents" → "Background Readings for (Semester/Year)." If you are affiliated with UB and do not have access to the UBLearns website, please contact Eduard Mercado III, director of the Center for Cognitive Science. 

Spring 2019 Events

Summer Section

Mini-Symposium - “Learning about sounds: Interdisciplinary approaches”
June 5th 2019, 7:30 pm, Park Hall 280 

"Humans learn to use and appreciate a wide range of complex sounds throughout their lives, including sounds produced by artifacts (musical instruments) and other animals. The mechanisms that enable this kind of flexible production and perception of sound remain poorly understood. Technological, experimental, and theoretical advances are revealing new insights on the nature of auditory learning and plasticity. This mini-symposium highlights recent research from multiple perspectives on learning processes relevant to understanding vocal and auditory behavior."


James Mantell - Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Jennifer Schneider - Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, LCC International University

Matthew Wisniewski - Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Kansas State University

Cynthia Henderson - Department of Psychology, Stanford University

Event sponsored by:
William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund
Department of Psychology Dr. Donahue Tremaine Memorial Lecture Fund ​

Summer 2019 Short Course 
Methods for Analyzing Sound and Modeling Auditory Plasticity (MASMAP) 
-- June 5-7, 2019 --


Perceptual processes have been a central focus of computational models of neural and cognitive mechanisms for much of the past century. Often, these models serve to prove the feasibility of proposed mechanisms rather than to simulate actual situations faced by organisms. For instance, models of speech processing may assume that listeners are working with pristine representations of received words rather than natural speech in noisy conditions. One way to increase the ecological validity of perceptual models is to represent actual inputs in biologically plausible ways rather than using idealized inputs. This requires transforming recorded signals into representations that reflect the sensory and perceptual sensitivities of receivers prior to analyzing the patterns within those representations. Providing psychology researchers with the computational skills necessary to implement biologically-based signal transformations in combination with simulations of perceptual processing can move the field closer to realistic theories of perception and cognition. 

Application for financial support to attend MASMAP, to be sent along with a CV and letter of support to