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  • Reed 108, 4:00 pm, Lecturer: David Cope, University of California at Santa Cruz

    This event is free and open to the public!

    David Cope will explain why he created his computer program Experiments in Musical Intelligence, how this program works, why he created over 1,000 music compositions using Experiments in Musical Intelligence, and why he no longer composes using this software.

    David Cope is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and...

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  • Friday, March 4, 2016, 4:00 pm, Reed 108

    Lecturer: Brenda Rapp, Cognitive Science Program, John Hopkins University

    A major source of our knowledge about the world comes from our sensory and motor interactions with it.  Given this, it is perhaps not surprising that it has been long debated whether human knowledge consists solely of the sensory and motor brain states encoded during previous experiences (the embodied cognition viewpoint) or whether it also...

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  • The notion of representation is central to the mind-brain sciences. Virtually all theories of perception, action, language, and cognition explicitly or, too often, implicitly make assumptions about the levels and types of representations involved in these processes. Why do we need representations? How do we formulate and evaluate representational claims? Here I discuss an example from my own research in which specific representational claims were proposed and evaluated through behavioral,...

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  • Do brain interventions to treat disease change the essence of who we are?

    New technologies bring questions that have belonged to the abstract realm of philosophers into concrete focus. Why do medical interventions in the brain feel different than those elsewhere in the body?

    These days, most of us accept that minds are dependent on brain function and wouldn’t object to the claim that “You are your brain.” After all, we’ve known for a long time that brains control how we...

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  • Why do you connect with some people and not with others? How can you feel that you really understand someone, only to discover that you're wrong? Thalia Wheatley, an associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, strives to answer these questions and other mysteries of human emotion by “looking under the hood” at how the brain governs social thought and behavior. Wheatley earned her MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Virginia and came to...

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  • This Focus on Faculty Q&A is part of an ongoing series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom.

    With about 100 billion cells in the human brain (and each having upwards of 10,000 connections with other cells), David Bucci, a professor of psychological and brain sciences, pinpoints the big question in 21st-century brain science: How do...

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  • This Focus on Faculty Q&A is one in an ongoing series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom.

    Devin Balkcom, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, spends a lot of time thinking about the best way to get from here to there. Specifically, he studies the fundamental mechanics of locomotion and manipulation—the interface between robots and the...

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  • "I haven't really planned much of my career," says Adina Roskies, a professor of philosophy at Dartmouth. "I tend to just go where things take me."

    Originally, Roskies thought her career might take her into outer space. "I wanted to be an astronaut," she says. "For a long time, I was going to be an astrophysicist."

    But as a senior at Yale, she had an epiphany. “What I really wanted...

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  • Music and movement reflect the rhythm of life, stirring human emotions in societies around the world. Even infants display signs of the interconnectedness of music and movement as they bounce up and down to musical rhythms. Music and movement might be characterized as two sides of the same coin—the coin being emotion.

    Gaining an understanding of the connections between these behavioral expressions is a quest Dartmouth researchers have undertaken.

    “Music sets us in motion—...

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  • Exercise clears the mind. It gets the blood pumping and more oxygen is delivered to the brain. This is familiar territory, but Dartmouth’s David Bucci thinks there is much more going on.

    “In the last several years there have been data suggesting that neurobiological changes are happening—[there are] very brain-specific mechanisms at work here,” says Bucci, an associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

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