Welcome back, everyone! Monday, August 20, 2012 is the first day of classes for the Fall 2012 term. Rock chalk Jayhawk!
The Psycholinguistics ERP Lab (PERPL) of Dr. Ruth Ann Atchley in the Psychology Department is looking for undergraduate research assistants. If you are interested, please contact Becca over email (email@example.com) for an application!
Finals Week – Early Bus Service
In order to help students arrive on campus in time for 7:30 a.m. final exams, the following transit routes will start early May 7-11:
- Route 11: The 6:18 am bus will operate as usual. A special 6:48 am departure from The Reserve and The Connection will be added. This bus should arrive to campus about 7:20 am.
- Route 11: Special 7:00 am departure from Campus Court at Naismith.
- Route 30: Service will start at 6:55 am from 14th & Apple Lane.
- Route 30x: Service will start at 7:05 am from Chelsea Place.
- Route 32: Service will start at 6:44 am from 23rd & Louisiana and 7:00 from North Michigan.
- Route 36: Service will start at 6:43 from Gateway Court.
- Route 38: Service will start at 6:45 am from 25th and Melrose.
- Route 43: Service will start at 7:00 am.
Route and schedule information is online at www.lawrencetransit.org.
Stop Day – Limited Service
On Stop Day, Friday, May 4, the following routes will not operate: 30, 30X, 32, 36, 38, 42, and 43.
Routes 11 and 41 will operate their ‘B’ schedules on Stop Day, and will return to their ‘A’ schedules for one week on Monday, May 7.
SafeRide & SafeBus
SAFERIDE WILL START AT 9:30 DURING FINALS WEEK. SafeBus service will end on Thursday, May 10, SafeRide service will end on Saturday May 12.
End of Spring KU on Wheels Service
Regular KU on Wheels service ends on May 11. Only Route 41 (Park & Ride) will operate its ‘B’ schedule during Summer term.
Route 11 will also operate ‘B’ service during Summer term.
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This Friday, as part of the Cognitive Prosem schedule for the Spring term, Dr. John Colombo, Professor of Psychology, here at the University of Kansas will give a talk entitled, “New Studies in Discrimination Learning”. It’s the last prosem of the term; see you there!
The Cognitive Prosem is from 12:00-1:20 pm in Fraser 537.
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This is a reminder of Tuesday’s MIND Lecture by Dr. Michael Kane, entitled: “What mind wandering reveals about executive control & its variation”. The lecture will take place at 3pm, Tuesday, March 6th in the Alderson Auditorium (KS Union). Dr. Kane is a cognitive psychologist who has strong collaborations with social and clinical psychologists. His talk should be interesting to many in the department!
Our guest for this year’s Cognitive Psychology Mind Lecture Series, Dr. Michael Kane, investigates the role of executive functions in mind wandering. Some of his other areas of research include: attentional control and working memory capacity. His research “explores the nature of WMC’s predictive power, in order to understand cognitive individual differences and the functioning of the core attention and memory processes that are broadly important to ‘real world’ cognition”. His work has appeared in Psychological Bulletin, JEP: General, Psychological Science, and Memory & Cognition, to name a few. He is a current recipient of an NIMH grant looking at executive control and schizotypy.
This lecture is made possible through the support of the Mind Lecture Series Endowment. A reception will follow after the lecture.
Individual differences in working memory capacity (WMC) predict complex cognitive capabilities (e.g., reading, reasoning) as well as performance in relatively simple attention tasks. Our executive attention theory of WMC argues that shared variance between WMC and higher-order cognition reflects primarily variation in attention control. In this talk, I will explore the WMC-attention relation by focusing on goal-neglect and mind-wandering phenomena. Goal neglect refers to momentary failures to respond according to goals despite knowing and appreciating them. I’ll argue that goal neglect (and WMC variation therein) sometimes results from mind-wandering, the subjective experience of off-task thought. Via daily-life and laboratory studies, I’ll suggest that mind-wandering research can inform theories of WMC and executive control.
This Friday, as part of the Cognitive Prosem schedule for the Spring term, Leslie Bennett, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre, School of the Arts, here at the University of Kansas will give a talk entitled, “Embodiment in Theater”.
The Cognitive Prosem is from 12:00-1:20 pm in Fraser 537.
Feb. 21, 2012
LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas professor who has developed a depression treatment based on lifestyle changes will share his research in a lecture called “Banish the Blues” on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Douglas County Senior Services in downtown Lawrence.
The presentation will feature Steve Ilardi, an associate professor of clinical psychology at KU and author of “The Depression Cure.” The event starts at 4 p.m. and is open to the public.
Ilardi will discuss his findings that humans were never designed for the modern pace of life, which can be both sedentary and frenzied, sleep-deprived and fast food-laden. As a result, depression rates have increased more than 20-fold in the last century. Pharmaceuticals are a common treatment, but Ilardi suggests there are other options that may be more effective.
In Ilardi’s work, he has created an alternative treatment borrowed from elements of the primitive human lifestyle. His research suggests that helping people reclaim healing habits from a way of life that was more physically active and socially connected can be an effective treatment for depression. Ilardi heads a large treatment study, dubbed the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change project, which calls for patients to adopt six healing elements from the ancient past.
In addition to positive results from his own ongoing research study, Ilardi points to low rates of depression among contemporary peoples whose lifestyles mirror those of our ancestors. The American Amish, for example, have rates of depressive illness far lower than that of the broader American population.
Ilardi’s research career has been focused on investigating the phenomenology and the successful treatment of depression. He is the author of more than 40 professional articles on mental illness. Through his active clinical practice, he has treated several hundred depressed patients.
“Banish the Blues” is part of the CLAS Acts lecture series sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which aims to take KU research off campus and into the community. Ilardi is a faculty member in the College. The event is co-sponsored by Douglas County Senior Services.
For more information about the event, contact Jessica Beeson by email or at 785-864-1767.
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Contact: Jessica Beeson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 785-864-1767
2nd Annual Midwest Cognitive Science Conference
Indiana University, Bloomington
May 7th, 2012
The Indiana University Cognitive Science community would like to invite you to the 2nd annual Midwest Cognitive Science Conference. Last year we had a very successful inaugural meeting at MSU, and this year we are expecting an even larger turnout. The conference is aimed at providing an affordable local forum for faculty and students (graduate and undergraduate) within the cognitive sciences to present scientific papers/posters, and to foster a network of cognitive scientists in the Midwest.
The meeting will be held May 7th, 2012, at Indiana University in Bloomington IN.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Steyvers from UC Irvine.
Paper and poster submission deadline is March 1, 2012.
More information on the conference can be found on the conference website: http://www.indiana.edu/~clcl/mwcogsci/