University Relations

Spring Research Day 2015

President's Room, Coffman Union, University of Minnesota -TC


Richard Aslin

Dr. Richard Aslin
Director of the University of Rochester Center for Brain Imaging.

"Neural correlates of statistical learning in adults and infants"


Since the initial demonstrations of statistical learning two decades ago, a variety of questions have been raised about the neural mechanism(s) that support these behavioral findings. Studies of statistical learning in adults using fMRI have focused on the outcome of the implicit extraction process -- i.e., differential activation to structured and unstructured test items during a post-learning recognition phase. I will summarize several fMRI studies that focus on the learning phase itself, using both auditory (temporal) stimuli and visual (temporal and spatial) stimuli. Because fMRI is extremely difficult to use with infants, I will also summarize some recent work that uses fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy) to study basic aspects of learning in 6-month-olds. These findings suggest some fundamental differences between how the infant and adult brain respond to sensory information, as well as some commonalities about how the infant and adult brain respond to violations of learned stimulus co-occurrences.


Spring Research Day 2015 Program

9:15 – 9:25

Opening Remarks

9:50 – 10:10

Kelly Whiteford
"Peripheral Coding of Pure Tones in the Tone Deaf"

10:10 – 10:30

Jackson Graves
"Effects of Resolved and Unresolved Harmonics in the Perception of Multiple Pitches"

10:30 – 10:45

Break 1

10:45 – 12:00

Poster Session

12:00 – 1:00

Keynote: Dr. Richard Aslin
"Neural correlates of statistical learning in adults and infants"

1:00 – 1:15

Break 2

1:15 – 1:35

Thomas Christie
"Cost of Cognitive Effort"

1:35 – 1:55

Weiwen Leung
"Testing the Efficient Economic Coding Hypothesis"

1:55 – 2:15

Nicole Scott
"The brain's guide to spatial relations"

2:15 – 2:30

Break 3

2:30 – 2:50

Sucharit Katyal
"The mystical chasms of human consciousness"

2:50 – 3:10

Borui Zhang
"Center Embedding Structure in English and Mandarin Chinese"

3:10 – 3:30

Scott Warren
"Optical imaging of attentional modulations in awake primate visual cortex"


Closing Remarks


Spring Research Day 2015 Posters

Emily Allen
"Neural Correlates of Pitch and Timbre Variation in Human Auditory Cortex"
Marc Pisansky
"Deletion of the Chd5 chromatin remodeler in mice results in socio-emotional and transcriptional features of autism spectrum disorders"
Windy Torgerud
"Affective decision making: effects of arousal on a random dot motion task"
Emily Prager
"Investigating Guided Recess and Executive Function in Elementary School Children"
Madeline Harms
"Affective Decision-Making in Adolescence: Effect of Social Stimuli, Anxiety and Mood"
Nicole Scott
"Knowing words is not enough: accessing labels enhances the ability to make dynamic relational judgments"

Dominic Mussack
"Optimal foraging as a framework for human task switching"


Updated May 20, 2015