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February 2017

Intelligence and the frontal lobes – John Duncan (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit)

February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
the Nick Mackintosh Seminar Room in the Department of Psychology on the Downing Site:,

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"Molecular regulation of cortical interneuron diversity and plasticity" – Oscar Marin, King’s College London

February 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Hodgkin Huxley Seminar Room, Department of Physiology Development and Neuroscience,

Neural identity is thought to be established at or near the time at which neurons exit the cell cycle to become postmitotic cells, and is largely determined by intrinsic factors such as proneural genes and homeodomain proteins. Once the identity of a neuron has been established, it is generally accepted that its fate is maintained throughout life, and will not change even after heterotopic transplantation. This contributes to maintaining a stable ‘ground state’ that defines their role in functional circuits.…

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Attitudinal Influences on Moral Judgments – Prof Bogdan Wojciszke, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland

February 28 @ 1:00 pm
Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Department of Psychology, Downing Site,

Moral judgments are a joint product of affective intuitions and moral reasoning. Because intuitions result from automatic processes, while reasoning requires controlled processes, the former typically dominate moral judgments, which makes them crucial for the understanding of moral controversies and the resulting social divisions. Discrete emotions and mood are frequently studied sources of affect to the neglect of attitudes, which are also crucial and ubiquitous bases of affect. I present two lines of studies showing attitudinal influences on moral judgments.…

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Attitudinal Influences on Moral Judgments – Prof Bogdan Wojciszke, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland

February 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Department of Psychology, Downing Site,

Moral judgments are a joint product of affective intuitions and moral reasoning. Because intuitions result from automatic processes, while reasoning requires controlled processes, the former typically dominate moral judgments, which makes them crucial for the understanding of moral controversies and the resulting social divisions. Discrete emotions and mood are frequently studied sources of affect to the neglect of attitudes, which are also crucial and ubiquitous bases of affect. I present two lines of studies showing attitudinal influences on moral judgments.…

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March 2017

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Cognitive Models of Autism – Prof Kenneth Richman, Professor of Philosophy and Health Care Ethics, School of Arts and Sciences, MCPHS University

March 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Large Meeting Room (groundfloor), Douglas House, 18B, Trumpington Road,

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Effect of prospective motion correction on fMRI data/ Task-positive activity in the task-negative default-mode network – Pei Huang and Verity Smith (CBSU)

March 1 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Lecture Theatre, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Chaucer Road,

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“How does melanopsin help us to see?“ – Dr Annette Allen, Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester

March 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Kenneth Craik Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site,

The discovery of melanopsin, a new photoreceptor in the mammalian retina, has revolutionized our understanding of how changes in background light intensity are measured to drive sub-conscious responses such as circadian photoentrainment. Here, I will discuss our recent work that addresses how melanopsin might also be important in more conventional visual tasks, such as the detection of spatial patterns, in the mouse early visual system.

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Multidimensional IRT models and their applications to psychological testing – Igor Menezes (University of Cambridge)

March 1 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Seminar Room, Department of Psychology, Downing Site, Cambridge,

Whether you are student, a professional or a patient in a hospital, it is almost certain that at some point in your life you have had the opportunity to sit for an exam or answer a questionnaire. But have you ever wondered, for instance, if you had a better vocabulary you could have answered a reading item faster, or maybe if the type of questions were presented in a different way your performance could be different? Also, if you agree…

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Title to be confirmed – Dr Jane Garrison, Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, University of Cambridge

March 2 @ 12:30 pm
Seminar Room, Herchel Smith Building, Forvie Site.,

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Cognitive dysfunction in depression: testing the potential of modafinil as a treatment – Dr Muzaffer Kaser, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

March 2 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Seminar Room, Herchel Smith Building, Forvie Site.,

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