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2017 Leading Edge Workshop
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Beyond the lab: using big data to discover principles of cognition

July 9-12, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Please contact the organizers to register. Seating is limited.

Organizers



Gary Lupyan
University of
Wisconsin- Madison


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Rob Goldstone
Indiana
University
Bloomington


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Description

With more than 100 years of collective practice, experimental psychologists have become highly sophisticated in their application of well-controlled laboratory experiments to reveal principles of human cognition and behavior. This approach has yielded rigorous experimental designs with extensive controls and it should be valued and encouraged. But the very expertise with which psychologists wield their tools for achieving laboratory control may now be limiting our field to the ways in which we can discover principles of cognition by going beyond the lab.  

This workshop will focus on two “beyond the lab” approaches that have seen explosive growth in the last five years (for example, in just 2015 about 7000 scholarly articles made use of the Amazon Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing service). The first focus is on extending traditional laboratory techniques beyond the lab. These include the use of crowdsourcing services to conduct experiments of the type that are impractical or impossible to conduct in the lab, “gamifying” traditional data-collection such that participants actively want to participate in our studies, and organizing contests as a way of efficiently exploring the solution space to projects that are beyond the capabilities of a single research team. The second focus is on using “naturally occurring datasets” wherein creative interrogation of a diverse range of large, real-world data sets can reveal principles of human judgment, perception, categorization, decision making, language use, inference, problem solving, and mental representation.  Both of these approaches fit into the broader “big-data” initiatives that are transforming the social sciences.

Posters
Although the invited speakers have already been determined (see below), we are pleased to be able to offer some additional workshop participant slots for interested individuals pursuing relevant research.  If you would like to participate and present a poster on a topic related to the workshop, please send us (
lupyan@wisc.edu) an email with a 300-800 word description of your project no later than June 11, 2017 and 1-3 sentences describing your reason for wanting to attend the workshop. There will be a nominal registration fee of about $50. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • Harvesting data from online databases
  • Network analysis
  • Linguistic corpora
  • Educational data analytics
  • Crowdsourcing experimentation, coding, and analysis
  • Gamification of data collection and analysis
  • Statistical methods for dealing with naturally occurring data sets
  • Deriving causal relations from data
  • Integrating experiments and naturally occurring data sets
  • Psychological investigations of patterns in specific databases for understanding: language, search, reasoning, problem solving, decision making, vision, performance, and group behavior
  • Creating online environments for collecting behavioral data
  • Environmental statistics and cognition

Invited Speakers

       

Elissa Aminoff
Fordham
University

David Balota
Washington
University
in St Louis

Seth Cooper
Northeastern
University

Rick Dale
University of
California, Merced
 
 Simon
De Deyne
University of
Leuven
     

Mike Frank
Stanford University

Robert
Goldstone

Indiana University
Bloomington

Shawn Green
University of
Wisconsin-
Madison

Lillian Lee
Cornell University 
Gary Lupyan
University of
Wisconsin-
Madison
 
       
 Winter Mason
Facebook
Danielle
McNamara
Arizona State
University
 
  Aude Oliva
Massachusetts
Institute
of Technology
Alexandra Paxton
University of
California,
Berkeley
  
Tom Stafford
University of
Sheffield 
         
 Anne S.
Warlaumont

University of
California, Merced
Tal Yarkoni
University of
Texas at Austin 

 
   



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