Carnegie Mellon Press Release: November 11, 2003
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Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
November 10, 2003

Cognitive Psychology Expert to Lecture at Carnegie Mellon on Nov. 17

PITTSBURGH—Jay McClelland, founding co-director for the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University, will deliver a lecture titled "Why is it hard to learn? Insights from models of how learning occurs in the brain" at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, in the Adamson Wing Room 136 in Baker Hall. The lecture is part of Carnegie Mellon's University Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

McClelland is a Walter Van Dyke Bingham Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, with joint appointments in Computer Science and Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon and in the Department of Neuroscience and the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as senior editor of Cognitive Science, as president of the Cognitive Science Society and as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council. Over his 25-year career, McClelland has contributed to both the experimental and theoretical literatures in a number of areas. With David E. Rumelhart, he co-founded the Parallel Distributed Processing research group. Their joint efforts have also led to the publication of "Parallel Distributed Processing," in which the parallel distributed processing framework was laid out and applied to a wide range of topics in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

In 1993 McClelland and Rumelhart received the Howard Crosby Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists. The pair also received the 1996 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2001 Grawemeyer Prize in Psychology for their pioneering work in this area.

The Carnegie Mellon University Lecture Series is a partnership between the Office of the Provost, Office of the Associate Provost, The Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Division of Student Affairs.

For more information about the lecture or the series, contact Carnegie Mellonšs Office of the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at 412-268-9510.


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