Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences
University of California at Berkeley
3210 Tolman Hall MC 1650
Berkeley, CA 94720-1650
Administration support for the Institute is provided by the staff of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. See the administration page for help and information.
All talks are in 5101 Tolman Hall, 11am-12:30pm.
Minds, Brains, and Cookies Social
Come talk about your recent research and eat cookies!
Presenter: Anca Dragan, UC Berkeley
Title: Robots that reason about people
Abstract: The goal of my research is to enable robots to work with,
around, and in support of people, autonomously producing behavior that
reasons about both their function
Presenter: Alexei Efros, UC Berkeley
Title: Visual understanding without naming
Abstract: Most modern visual understanding approaches rely on supervision by word labels to achieve their impressive performance. But there are many more things in our visual world than we have words to describe them with. Using words as supervisory signal risks missing out on much of this visual subtlety. In this talk, I will describe some of our recent efforts to bypass this "language bottleneck" and instead use information that is already in the data, such as context and visual consistency, to help in visual understanding, visual correspondence, and image retrieval.
Presenter: Florian Jaeger, University of Rochester
Presenter: Liane Young, Boston College
Title: The structure of morality
Abstract: The capacity to process mental states like beliefs and intentions, theory of mind (ToM), is crucial for moral judgment (e.g., distinguishing murder from manslaughter). In this talk, we'll look at the role of ToM not just for moral judgment but also for moral behavior across distinct social contexts (e.g., cooperation vs competition) as well as for distinguishing moral propositions from non-moral propositions (i.e., facts, preferences). We will use the approach of looking at the role of ToM to investigate the structure of morality - to test claims about distinct moral domains, distinct moral motivations, and distinct features of moral versus non-moral processing. The talk will include neural evidence as well as behavioral evidence from adults and children.
Presenter: Melissa Koenig, University of Minnesota
Title: Characterizing two routes to testimonial knowledge: Sources of protection and vulnerability