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Professor, Linguistics


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Once every semester, the Center for Cognitive Sciences features our faculty members' recent publications, presentations, posters and awards.

Eric KlingerEric Klinger

Marchetti, I., Koster, E. H. W., Klinger, E., & Alloy, L. B. (2016 online, in press). Spontaneous thought and vulnerability to mood disorders: The dark side of the wandering mind. Clinical Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/2167702615622383.

Cox, W. M., Klinger, E., & Fadardi, J. S. (2015). The motivational basis of cognitive determinants of addictive behaviors. Addictive Behaviors, 44, 16-22.


Brock DubbelsBrock Dubbels

Leadership Award in the Innovation category, Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) 2016

Dubbels, B.R. (2016) Gamification, Serious Games, Ludic Simulation, and other Contentious Categories. International Journal of Games and Computer-Mediated Simulations. IGI Global.

Dubbels, B. R. (2016) Transforming Gaming and Computer Simulation Technologies Across Industries. IGI Global (new book)


Albert YonasAl Yonas

Yonas, A., & Granrud, C. E. (Under Review) Infants' Perception of Lightness Based on Perceived Three Dimensional Surface Arrangement. Infancy.

Granrud, C.E. & Yonas, A. (Under Review) Effects of Ocular Convergence on Perceived Size and Distance in 3- to 5-Year-Old Children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Yonas, A,. & Condry, K.F., (Under Review) Six-month-old infants are responsive to spatial layout specified by motion parallax information. Infant Behavior and Development.



Fall 2016 Course Announcements

HSEM 3 720 Conflict, Anger, Aggression and Violence (3 credits)
Instructor: Michael Potegal, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program
When: Tues, Thurs 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Where: To be announced ...

Course Description

Bullying, school shootings, war and genocide are examples of aggression that cause misery, trauma and death on progressively larger scales. Why do people behave aggressively? Is aggression in our "animal natures", our genes, or our brains? Is it the result of our upbringing, our cultures, or our physical, social or economic environments? Is aggression inevitable or are there things we can do to limit, avoid, or prevent it? This seminar will help students formulate their own answers to these important questions by reviewing areas of research on conflict, aggression, anger and violence in humans and other animals. The first section of the seminar will guide students to an understanding of current views of its biological bases: aggression as an evolutionary adaptation and as a reproductive strategy, and its corresponding genetic, neural and hormonal foundations. The middle section of the seminar will focus on aggression at the level of individuals. This includes behavioral expression (e.g., anger, direct vs. indirect forms of aggression); development (e.g., tantrums, bullying); motivation for and learning to be aggressive; and aggression-prone personality, psychopathology and criminality. The last section of the seminar will deal with aggression in small and large social groups (e.g., gang violence, warfare and genocide.) In the final session, we will review solutions to the problems of aggression: prosocial and affiliative processes such as reconciliation, peacemaking, and programs for the prevention or mitigation of violence.

Students who are not in the Undergraduate Honors program may register for the course at



Jürgen Konczak

KIN 5941 - Clinical Movement Neuroscience (3 credits)
Instructor: Jürgen Konczak, Professor School of Kinesiology
When: Tuesdays, 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Where: To be announced ...

Course Description
This course provides an overview of various neural subsystems involved in controlling human motor behavior with a special emphasis on understanding how various neurological disease states affect motor function. The effects of specific brain lesions and nervous system diseases on overt behavior will serve as a guide to assess the role of different neural structures for movement control. The overall aim of the course is to gain a better understanding of how a specific dysfunction at the neural level leads to specific impairments in behavioral or sensorimotor function. In addition, the course will review how current pharmacological, behavioral and technology-driven treatments help to alleviate sensorimotor symptoms and improve function.


Kathleen Vohs

CSOM 8810 Special Topics — Human Motivation (2 credits; A term)
Instructor: Kathleen Vohs, Professor, Marketing Department
When: Tuesday Sept 6 to Tues Oct 18, 2016, 2-5pm
Where: Carlson School of Management, Room 3-166

Course Description
How can scientists understand people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors without knowing what motivates those outcomes? This will be a crash-course in motivation models. The course will be a survey of classic and new papers in the area of motivation, spanning psychology, consumer behavior, organizational psychology, and health. As a Ph.D. seminar course, you will be an active participant in it at every step. Each week we will discuss a handful of articles in-depth. You are expected to read the articles carefully, noting their contributions, methods, and possible drawbacks. You should know what the authors did and found, understand their theory, and evaluate the aforementioned in terms of plusses and minuses. At the end, you will better be able to develop and critique research ideas than you could at the start.



Updated June 6, 2016