Cognitive Science Events and Activities

Past Events

CogSci Film Series  (hosted by Elizabeth Trimber)

  • A Scanner Darkly--Monday, November 12 @ 7:30 in 127 Snygg
  • The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind--Monday, October 8 @ 7:00 in 127 Snygg
  • What the Bleep Do We Know?--Monday, September 10 @ 7:00 in 127 Snygg

CogSci Reading Group

  • Second meeting for discussion of Gentner and Goldin-Meadow’s Language in Mind: Advances in the Study of Language and Thought--Thursday, November 15 @ 12:45 in the IPAC conference Room
  • First meeting to discuss Gentner and Goldin-Meadow’s Language in Mind: Advances in the Study of Language and Thought--Thursday, October 25 @ 12:45 in the IPAC Conference Room in the Campus Center

CogSci Lecture Series

  • Bastian Tenbergen (HCI) will give a talk entitled "Approaches in Cognitive Science: Machine Learning as an Application Field of Methods in Cognitive Science"--Thursday, October 11 @ 7:00 in 127 Snygg

College Hour Events

  • Developmental Changes in Visual Perception Early in Life (Tuesday, September 11 @ 12:45 in 214 Mahar)
    A talk given by Peter Gerhardstein, Professor of Psychology at SUNY Binghampton, sponsored by the Department of Psychology
  • Mind and Body: How They Work Together (or not) in Babies (Tuesday, October 9 @ 12:45 in 102 Snygg)
    A lecture by Steven Robertson, Professor in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University as part of the Science Today seminar series.


CogSci Film Series
A series of theatrical films with cognitive science related themes were shown during the college hour.

  • February 7 & March 7--Waking Life.
  • April 4 & May 2--The Science of Sleep.

FALL 2006

CogSci Reading Group Meeting
The group discussed Cordelia Fine's A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives on Monday, November 13 at 7:00 pm in the Library Cafe.


Oliver Sacks (Tuesday, April 18 @ 8:00 pm in the Ballroom, Hewitt Union)
The "poet laureate of medicine" (New York Times), celebrated writer, professor, and practicing physician Oliver Sacks talks about "Creativity and the Brain." Sponsored by the Student Association Program Board, ARTSwego, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Psychology Department, and the Division of Continuing Education. (Note: Tickets required. Contact Tyler Box Office at 312-2141 or

CogSci Reading Group Meeting (Monday, April 10 @ 7:00 pm in Penfield Library Cafe)
A discussion of a few of Oliver Sacks' writings: "The President's Speech" (from The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat), Awakenings, "In the River of Consciousness," and "A Surgeon's Life" (from An Anthropologist on Mars).

Norman Holland (Tuesday, April 4 @ 7:00 pm in Waterman Theater, Tyler Hall)
A lecture by the internationally recognized scholar who has developed a model for the interaction of literary works with the human mind. Sponsored by Arts and Psychology.

Darwin Day
A series of talks to commemorate Darwin Day. The talks will be held in Snygg Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Center.

  • Wednesday, February 8 @ 4:00 pm--"Looking at and making sense of eyes in the light of evolution" by Peter Rosenbaum (Biology)
  • Friday, February 10 @ 3:30 pm--"Is intelligent design science?" by Sarah Jordan (Center for Inquiry)
  • Friday, February 10 @ 4:30 pm--"Darwin and Dewey: The continuing relevance of evolution to philosophy" by Tim Madigan (St. John Fisher College)
  • Monday, February 13 @ 3:30 pm--"The role of resemblance in human interaction" by Rebecca Burch (Psychology)
  • Monday, Febrary 13 @ 4:30 pm--"Darwin and 'The science of man': Discovering the missing links of past and present" by Ann Bunch (Anthropology)

Arts and Psychology Film Series
Films will be presented in Timepieces, Hewitt Union and are followed by discussion. Sponsored by ARTSwego and the Psychology Department

  • Thursday, February 16 @ 7:00 pm--Repulsion.
  • Thursday, March 2 @ 7:00 pm--A Beautiful Mind.
  • Thursday, March 30 @ 4:30 pm--Autism is a World.
  • Thursday, April 6 @ 7:00 pm--Awakenings.