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June 2020

Introduction to Bayesian Inference

June 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-4

Host: Noam Siegelman, Haskins Laboratories Date: June 2, 2020 Time: 12pm – 1pm Eastern Time (GMT -4) "Can Bayesian inference serve as an alternative to classical statistical methods based on Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST)? This virtual office hour will serve as a brief introduction to this exciting alternative analytical approach. We will go over basic concepts such as prior and posterior distributions, review the conceptual differences between Bayesian inference and NHST, and discuss the relation between Bayesian parameter estimation…

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Doing Research at a Distance: Ethical Challenges and Opportunities

June 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-4

Hosts: Eva Kehayia (McGill University/CRIR) & Anik Nolet (CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal) Date: June 9, 2020 Time: 12pm – 1pm Eastern Time (GMT -4) In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, research with human participants has either stopped or is forced to be conducted differently and at a distance. We explore some of the potential ethical challenges and opportunities from the perspective of the Research Ethics Board, the researchers, and the participants.  We then present an example of a research project…

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July 2020

Incorporating Neuropsychological Tests into Experimental Research

July 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-4

Host: Simritpal Malhi, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Date: July 28, 2020 Time: 12pm – 1pm Eastern Time (GMT -4) This virtual office hour is for researchers who are interested in incorporating neuropsychological tests into their experimental paradigms. I will discuss how to determine whether you should be using such tests and introduce some examples of tests that tap into various cognitive domains and emotional/personality variables. I will also discuss ethical and legal considerations. Finally, I will suggest an area for future research involving the management of big data (i.e., neuropsychological norms).…

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October 2020

Postponed: The 12th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon

October 6, 2020 - October 9, 2020
Queen’s Landing Hotel, 155 Byron Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0 Canada
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The Mental Lexicon Conference returns to Niagara-on-the-Lake in October, 2020! The 12th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon will be held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, from the evening of October 6 to the evening of October 9, 2020 at the lovely Queen’s Landing hotel. The conference brings together psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic, and computational research on the representation and processing of words in the mind/brain. Attendees are also invited to our pre- and post-conference events! On October 6, before the conference starts, we will be…

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Words in the World International Conference 2020

October 16, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm UTC-4

This conference will offer a venue for the communication of ideas, intellectual exchange, and networking for trainees and others across the network. This conference will take place online October 16-18, 2020 and will include scholarly presentations as well as discussion panels. The conference will strive to create presentation opportunities for trainees (e.g., undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, recent graduates and others). We encourage students and postdoctoral fellows from all over the world to present their in-progress or completed work at this…

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January 2021

CCPTalks: Individual differences in the production and perception of prosodic boundaries in American English

January 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am UTC-7

Title: Individual differences in the production and perception of prosodic boundaries in American English Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 Time: 9:00am MST (GMT-7) Location: Zoom (contact ccpling@ualberta.ca for link) Abstract: I present the findings of my dissertation which investigated the hypothesis that individuals vary in their production and perception of prosodic boundaries, and that the properties they use to signal prosodic contrasts are closely related to the properties used to perceive those contrasts. A group of native speakers of American English participated…

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Cognitive Science of Language lecture series: Dr. Marco Marelli

January 25 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC-5

Who: Marco Marelli (University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy) www.marcomarelli.net What: Compositional effects in the processing of compound words: A computational perspective grounded in linguistic and visual experience When: Monday January 25, 2021; 2:30-4:20 pm EST Where: Zoom Registration: https://mcmaster.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlduyqrzMqG9HnqMOA1s0NZLhGj-bf2xtU Abstract: Since the seminal LSA proposal (Landauer & Dumais, 1997) distributional semantics has provided efficient data-driven models of the human semantic system, representing word meaning through vectors recording lexical co-occurrences in large text corpora. However, these approaches generate static descriptions of the semantic system, falling…

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April 2021

Intellectual Property and Commercialization

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-4

Welcome to Season 2 of Open Office Hours: Building Bridges! This season will highlight the diverse range of spheres to which language researchers can bring their skills and knowledge. Bradley McLean, Associate Director of Innovation & Commercialization at Brock University, will kick off the new season on April 27 at 12pm (EST, GMT-4). He will provide an overview of intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, industrial designs) and present a model for commercialization that can be applied to your…

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May 2021

Language Issues in the Canadian Forces

May 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-4

What: Language Issues in the Canadian Forces When: May 25, 2021 at 12pm EDT (GMT -4) Where: Zoom We are now delighted to announce the second talk in our Open Office Hours: Building Bridges series, “Education & Language Applications in the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre,” which will be presented by Sandra Plante on Tuesday, May 18 at 12pm (EST, GMT -4). The Canadian Armed Forces recruits its members from the ethnically and linguistically diverse Canadian population.  In the…

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June 2021

Computational Linguistics in the Industrial Setting

June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-4

What: Computational Linguistics in the Industrial Setting When: June 22, 2021 at 12pm EDT (GMT -4) Where: Zoom We are now happy to announce the third talk in our series, “Computational Linguistics in the Industrial Setting,” which will be delivered by Fermín Moscoso del Prado on Tuesday, June 22 at 12pm (EST, GMT -4). Students coming out of graduate programmes in Cognitive Psychology or Linguistics often have very valuable skills to work in industry in the field of data science.…

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