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Victoria Interrante, PhD
Computer Science & Engineering

Associate Director
Jeanette Gundel, PhD
Professor, Linguistics


spring 2016 Colloquia

Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Elliott N119

Benoit BardyFebruary 11

Benoit Bardy, Kinesiology

Dr. Bardy received a Ph.D. in Movement Science Science from the University of the Mediterranean in 1991. In 1999, he was appointed Director of the Center for Research in Sport Sciences at the University of Paris XI, in Orsay (just south of Paris). In 2005, he accepted an appointment at the University of Montpellier-1, where he is the Director of the Movement to Health Laboratory (M2H) and the founder and director of EuroMov, a new European center for research, technology, and innovation in the movement sciences (
In 2002, Dr. Bardy visited the University of Minnesota and gave an invited talk at the Center for Cognitive Sciences. In April, 2004, Dr. Bardy gave a research colloquium in the School of Kinesiology. In September 2010, he gave an invited talk at the College of Education. Dr. Bardy is an active collaborator with APAL on a wide variety of research topics. More information about Dr. Bardy can be found at



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

Call for papers
Spring Research Day (SRD) is an annual all-day, university-wide symposium that showcases the work of graduate students. This year, we are inviting non-CCS student members to participate in sharing their cognitive studies alongside CCS student members. All University of Minnesota graduate students are invited to submit abstracts and preferences to Cindy Marceau for a 10 or 20-minute oral presentation. Questions should be directed to Windy Torgerud Breakfast (coffee & pastries) and lunch (sandwiches) will be provided. Student presenters will be invited to attend a dinner with our keynote speaker.

March 4 — Abstract submission deadline

March 11 — Abstract acceptance notification



Sakellaridi article in Top 100

Sophia SakellaridiCongratulations to UofM Cognitive Sciences graduate Sophia Sakellaridi, whose recently published paper was selected by the official Frontiers Blog as one of the "100 Articles from 2015 in the Spotlight". Entitled "Cognitive mechanisms underlying instructed choice exploration of small city maps", the paper was co-authored by Peka Christova, Vasilieos Christopoulos, Alice Vialard, John Peponis and Apostolos Georgopoulos. In 2015, Frontiers published over 12,500 articles, and this list features those most viewed and downloaded within one month after publication. Sophia's paper was listed as 94!


Sakellaridi S, Christova P, Christopoulos VN, Vialard A, Peponis J and Georgopoulos AP (2015) Cognitive mechanisms underlying instructed choice exploration of small city maps. Frontiers in Neuroscience 9:60. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2015.00060


We investigated the cognitive mechanisms underlying the exploration and decision-making in realistic and novel environments. Twelve human subjects were shown small circular U.S. city maps with two locations highlighted on the circumference, as possible choices for a post office ("targets"). At the beginning of a trial, subjects fixated a spot at the center of the map and ultimately chose one of the two locations. A space syntax analysis of the map paths (from the center to each target) revealed that the chosen location was associated with the less convoluted path, as if subjects navigated mentally the paths in an "ant's way," i.e., by staying within street boundaries, and ultimately choosing the target that could be reached from the center in the shortest way, and the fewest turns and intersections. The subjects' strategy for map exploration and decision making was investigated by monitoring eye position during the task. This revealed a restricted exploration of the map delimited by the location of the two alternative options and the center of the map. Specifically, subjects explored the areas around the two target options by repeatedly looking at them before deciding which one to choose, presumably implementing an evaluation and decision-making process. The ultimate selection of a specific target was significantly associated with the time spent exploring the area around that target. Finally, an analysis of the sequence of eye fixations revealed that subjects tended to look systematically toward the target ultimately chosen even from the beginning of the trial. This finding indicates an early cognitive selection bias for the ensuing decision process.



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