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Carter, R. McKell Assistant Professor

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Research

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  • Work in my lab focuses on basic and translational research on social influences in decision making. We use a combination of behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments to tease apart the contributions that different brain regions make to decisions that involve someone else. We ask people to play games to test cognitive models of healthy and disordered social function. Our work often requires the development or adaptation of computational tools for work on neuroimaging datasets.

keywords

  • social neuroscience, games, risk, fMRI, human neuroscience, autism, machine learning

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • CSCI 3702 - Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduces cognitive science, drawing from psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and linguistics. Studies the linguistic relativity hypothesis, consciousness, categorization, linguistic rules, the mind-body problem, nature versus nurture, conceptual structure and metaphor, logic/problem solving and judgment. Emphasizes the nature, implications and limitations of the computational model of mind. Recommended prerequisites: two of the following CSCI 1300 or CSCI 2275 or LING 2000 or PHIL 2440 or PSYC 2145. Same as LING 3005 and PHIL 3310 and PSYC 3005 and SLHS 3003.
  • CSCI 6402 - Issues and Methods in Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Interdisciplinary introduction to cognitive science, examining ideas from cognitive psychology, philosophy, education, and linguistics via computational modeling and psychological experimentation. Includes philosophy of mind; learning; categorization; vision and mental imagery; consciousness; problem solving; decision making, and game-theory; language processing; connectionism. No background in Computer Science will be presumed. Same as EDUC 6504 and LING 6200 and PHIL 6310 and PSYC 6200 and SLHS 6402.
  • EDUC 6504 - Issues and Methods in Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Interdisciplinary introduction to cognitive science, examining ideas from cognitive psychology, philosophy, education, and linguistics via computational modeling and psychological experimentation. Department enforced prerequisite: graduate standing or at least one upper-division course in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, or psychology. Same as CSCI 6402 and LING 6200 and PHIL 6310 and PSYC 6200 and SLHS 6402.
  • LING 3005 - Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduces cognitive science, drawing from psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and linguistics. Studies the linguistic relativity hypothesis, consciousness, categorization, linguistic rules, the mind-body problem, nature versus nurture, conceptual structure and metaphor, logic/problem solving and judgment. Emphasizes the nature, implications and limitations of the computational model of mind. Recommended prerequisites: two of the following CSCI 1300 or LING 2000 or PHIL 2440 or PSYC 2145. Same as CSCI 3702 and PHIL 3310 and PSYC 3005 and SLHS 3003.
  • LING 6200 - Issues and Methods in Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Interdisciplinary introduction to cognitive science, examining ideas from cognitive psychology, philosophy, education, and linguistics via computational modeling and psychological experimentation. Includes philosophy of mind; learning; categorization; vision and mental imagery; consciousness; problem solving; decision making, and game-theory; language processing; connectionism. No background in computer science will be presumed. Recommended prerequisite: at least one course at the 3000-level or higher in CSCI, LING, PHIL, or PSYC. Same as CSCI 6402 and EDUC 6504 and PHIL 6310 and PSYC 6200 and SLHS 6402.
  • PHIL 3310 - Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduces cognitive science, drawing from psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and linguistics. Studies the linguistic relativity hypothesis, consciousness, categorization, linguistic rules, the mind-body problem, nature versus nurture, conceptual structure and metaphor, logic/problem solving and judgment. Emphasizes the nature, implications and limitations of the computational model of mind. Recommended prerequisites: two of the following CSCI 1300 or LING 2000 or PHIL 2440 or PSYC 2145. Same as LING 3005 and CSCI 3702 and PSYC 3005 and SLHS 3003.
  • PHIL 6310 - Issues and Methods in Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Interdisciplinary introduction to cognitive science, examining ideas from cognitive psychology, philosophy, education, and linguistics via computational modeling and psychological experimentation. Includes philosophy of mind; learning; categorization; vision and mental imagery; consciousness; problem solving; decision making, and game-theory; language processing; connectionism. No background in computer science will be presumed. Recommended prerequisite: at least one course at the 3000-level or higher in CSCI, LING, PHIL, or PSYC. Same as CSCI 6402 and EDUC 6504 and LING 6200 and PSYC 6200 and SLHS 6402.
  • PSYC 2145 - Introductory Cognitive Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Introduces the study of human cognitive processes and covers perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving, reasoning, and decision making. Focuses on basic research and theory in cognitive psychology but also considers their implications for everyday applications such as effective learning and retention, multitasking, and eyewitness testimony.
  • PSYC 3005 - Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Provides an introductory survey of influential models, theoretical approaches, and methods of cognitive science. Emphasizes and explains the convergence by work in multiple fields - including psychology and neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, and philosophy - on the idea that mental activity is a form of computation. Students from diverse backgrounds are introduced to a wide range of methods and approaches, including behavioral and neuroimaging experimental approaches, computational modeling and philosophical work. Department enforced prerequisites: two of the following CSCI 1300 or LING 2000 or PSYC 2145. Same as CSCI 3702 and LING 3005 and PHIL 3310 and SLHS 3003.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
  • PSYC 6200 - Issues and Methods in Cognitive Science
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Interdisciplinary introduction to cognitive science, examining ideas from cognitive psychology, philosophy, education, and linguistics via computational modeling and psychological experimentation. Includes philosophy of mind; learning; categorization; vision and mental imagery; consciousness; problem solving; decision making, and game-theory; language processing; connectionism. No background in computer science will be presumed. Same as CSCI 6402 and EDUC 6504 and LING 6200 and PHIL 6310 and SLHS 6402.

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