University Relations
spring research day

photo of Keith Holyoak and Matthew Botvinick
>9:00am - 4:00pm, President's Room, Coffman Memorial Union

Featuring invited talks by Keith Holyoak (UCLA) and Matthew Botvinick (Princeton), along with posters and talks by graduate students in the field of cognitive science.



9:00 – 9:10:

Opening remarks

9:10 – 9:30:

photo of Anna JohnsonAnna Johnson

"Early life stress and psychosocial stress reactivity before and after the pubertal transition."


photo of Nate PowellNate Powell

"Same place, same time tomorrow: Searching for consistency in the rat prefrontal cortex."

9:50 - 10:00:

photo of Anna JohnsonBreak

10:00 –11:00:

photo of Matt BotvinickMatt Botvinick
Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology,
Princeton University

"Hierarchical reinforcement learning"

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11:00 –11:20:

photo of Marc PisanskyMarc Pisansky

"The role of the chromatin remodeling protein CHD5 as an epigenetic source of autism spectrum disorders."

11:20 –12:00:

Poster session

12:00 – 1:00:


1:00 – 2:00:

photo of Keith HolyoakKeith Holyoak
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

"From Feature Vectors to Higher-order Relations: Bootstrapping a Human Mind"

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2:00 – 2:20:

photo of Caitlin ColeCaitlin Cole

"Transfer between native and foreign word learning in 2- and 3-year-old."

2:20 – 2:40:

photo of Elisa EspositoElisa Esposito

"Electrophysiological correlates of a mindfulness-based intervention in post-institutionalized children: A preliminary study."

2:40 – 2:50:


2:50 – 3:10:

photo of James BenhardusJames Benhardus

3:10 – 3:30:

photo of Amanda HodelAmanda Hodel

"Executive function development in preschoolers born moderate to late preterm."


photo of Nicole ScottNicole Scott

"Your other left! Developing verbal and nonverbal knowledge of relational planes."


Closing remarks



Updated April 27, 2015