Templates to generate semantically plausible sentences

Templates with over 200 verbs, 150 nouns, 20 adverbs and 70 adjectives that can generate semantically plausible sentences with five different types of relative clauses (active subject RCs, reduced and unreduced passive RCs and object RCs) and transitive sentences with verb coordination. The templates can be easily modified to also generate simple transitive sentences.

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Resources for a hands-on workshop introducing experimental design and cognitive neuroscience to 8th graders

I ran a workshop on scientific thinking and experimental design for 8th graders in Oakridge International School in Bengaluru, India. The objectives of the workshop were to:
  1. Introduce core concepts of experimental design like hypothesis, independent variable, dependent variable, controls, confounds, theory, importance of sample size, statistical significance etc.
  2. A very basic introduction to neuroscience and the theory behind EEG/ ERP technology
  3. An introduction to thinking about cognition as mental processes that can be studied through observable behaviour

This workshop was designed such that we spent two long sessions with the theory and experimental design and then collected EEG data over a couple more sessions. However this can be tweaked for longer/ more spread out sessions and/or non EEG experiments.

Here are the lesson plans , homework assignments/ worksheets and the slides from the final wrap-up

Here is the experiment we used. It is built using OpenSesame

Guest lectures and other miscellaneous slide decks

Guest lecture on language acquisition in Introduction to Cognitive Development. This slide deck covers:

  • Chomsky's argument for Universal Grammar and LAD
  • Critical periods
  • Language creation (Nicaraguan Sign Language)
  • Syntactic bootstrapping
  • Statistical learning in word segmentation
  • Role of bias in word learning
  • Sensitivity to statistical regularities in syntactic structure
  • Morpho-syntax in connectionist networks

Guest lecture on language acquisition in AP Psych class. This slide deck covers:

  • Word learning and the gavagai problem
  • Novelty bias (mutual exclusivity)
  • Whole object bias
  • Syntactic bootstrapping
  • Differences between domain specific and domain general biases

Guest lecture on syntactic priming in Computational Psycholinguistics. This slide deck covers:

  • What is syntactic priming?
  • Empirical evidence for syntactic priming in production and comprehension
  • Spreading activation account + computational implementation
  • Implicit learning account + computational implementation
  • Graded syntactic priming

Slide deck on replicability. This slide deck covers:

  • Why run a replication?
  • Effect sizes and power
  • Statistical significance filter
  • Small telescope approach
  • Meta analytic estimate
  • Bayes factor

Lab slides for Introduction to Computational Cognitive Science: Introduction to python. This slide deck contains questions to test knowledge of

  • Variable assignment
  • Lists
  • Indexing
  • String manipulation
  • Conditionals
  • Function definition

Lab slides for Introduction to Computational Cognitive Science: Introduction to probability This slide deck covers:

  • Sample spaces
  • Probability mass vs. probability density
  • Joint probability, conditional probability and Bayes rule

Lab slides for Introduction to Computational Cognitive Science: Introduction to Bayesian Inference This slide deck covers:

  • Likelihood
  • Prior
  • Posterior
  • Bayesian belief update