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Efficient Cognition: The Evolution of Representational Decision Making

Much human behavior is stimulus-free. While plants and many non-human animals respond reflexively to their present environment, our own actions are mediated by our ability to represent how the world has been and how it could be, and how we might alter it to achieve our goals. Philosophers who have explored the evolutionary pressures giving rise to representational cognition, such as Godfrey-Smith (1996) and Sterelny (2003), have emphasized the role played by environmental complexity. Armin Schulz suggests that an important part of this evolutionary story has been overlooked. He argues that representationally mediated behavior is adaptive because it is more cognitively efficient than reflex-driven behavior, under certain conditions.…

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NEW London Summer Neuroscience and Behavior Study Abroad!

There is a brand-new six-week summer study abroad to London, England where you will earn 6 upper-level NSBH credits. Classes will be 'Neuropharmacology of Great Britain' and 'Emerging Issues in Biomedical Ethics'. This opportunity is open to both NSBH majors and non-majors who are interested in neuroscience, from both the College of Science and the College of Arts and Letters. More info online at studyabroad.nd.edu

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4th Annual STEMentorship Program (The Association for Women in Science - Notre Dame Chapter)

The Association for Women in Science - Notre Dame chapter (AWIS-ND) is organizing the 4th annual STEMentorship Program. This program focuses on connecting undergraduate women in STEM fields with graduate students for professional development, networking, and an exchange of ideas with experienced peers. It provides an excellent opportunity to network, develop new skills, and explore career opportunities for individuals at early stages of their academic careers. In previous programs, STEMentorship facilitated mentorship and professional development to over 200 students at Notre Dame. Please see the attached flyer for more details.…

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Faculty hope to make virtual reality the next frontier in treating phobias

For a team of Notre Dame psychologists, virtual reality is more than a game — it is the next frontier in mental health treatment. Nathan Rose, Jennifer Hames, and Michael Villano are conducting research on the use of virtual reality environments in exposure therapy for participants with a fear of heights. The technology also holds promise for treating phobias like the fear of flying and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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New quantitative psychologist adds expertise in data mining to Notre Dame faculty

For Ross Jacobucci, quantitative psychology is a chance to invent, to improvise — and to create new tools to answer complex questions. As a new assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, he wants his students to see that side of it, too. Jacobucci, who joined Arts and Letters in the fall after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, specializes in structural equation modeling and data mining.

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Notre Dame psychologist Jessica Payne named a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow

Jessica Payne, the Nancy O'Neill Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology at Notre Dame, has been named a 2017 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. She was one of 12 scholars invited to present their research at the Kavli’s Japanese-American-German Symposium in Germany in September. Kavli Fellows are chosen from among young scholars who have received prestigious national fellowships and awards and who have been identified as future leaders in science. 

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