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Beyond the lab: using big data to discover principles of cognition

July 9-12, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Registration: By invitation only

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.


Participants

     

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

Celeste Kidd
University of
Rochester

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
         

 

 

 

 



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