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Stromer-Galley Secures $11.5 Million for Decision-Making Research

Members of the TRACE team, from left: Lu Xiao, Carsten Oesterlund, Kate Kenski, Jennifer Stromer-Galley, James Folkestad, Rosa Mikeal Martey, Brian McKernan and Debi Plochocki. Not pictured: David Kellen and Lael Schooler.

Members of the TRACE team, from left: Lu Xiao, Carsten Oesterlund, Kate Kenski, Jennifer Stromer-Galley, James Folkestad, Rosa Mikeal Martey, Brian McKernan and Debi Plochocki. Not pictured: David Kellen and Lael Schooler.

January 23, 2017

Can an application help intelligence analysts engage in better reasoning and produce reports that help decision makers make better decisions? A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Syracuse University, the University of Arizona, Colorado State University and SRC Inc. aims to answer this question by developing digital tools for improving reasoning and decision making.

The team, led by School of Information Studies (iSchool) Professor Jennifer Stromer-Galley, will develop TRACE (Trackable Reasoning and Analysis for Collaboration and Evaluation), a web-based application aimed at improving reasoning through the use of techniques—such as debate and analogical reasoning—along with crowdsourcing to enhance analysts’ problem-solving abilities and foster creative thinking in order to provide support and guidance where human reasoning falls short.

The 50-month project is supported by a $11.5 million contract from the CREATE (Crowdsourcing Evidence, Reasoning, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation) Program of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), an arm of the Office for the Director of National Intelligence, which heads the nation’s intelligence services.

Read the full story at SU News.

Research Suggests Further Strengths in Perception of Individuals with Autism.

Natalie Russo

Natalie Russo

June 17, 2016

Researchers in the Center for Autism Research in Electrophysiology (CARE) Lab in the College of Arts and Sciences have made some important findings in looking at how children with autism process what they see.

The results reveal more evidence of heightened perception among children with autism, which could help explain some symptoms of autism. The findings were published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

“These results suggest that some of the perceptual strengths that are unique to individuals with autism are present both when looking at information over space, as well as over time,” says Assistant Professor Natalie Russo, director of the CARE Lab. “Many theories of autism suggest that temporal processing is atypical, or worse than among typically developing individuals. Our findings put some of this into question, but more research is needed to confirm or refute this.”

Russo, who is the principal investigator, conducts behavioral and psychophysiological research to understand how typically developing children, children with developmental disabilities and children on the autism spectrum process and integrate sensory information.

Read the full article at SU News.

The Psychology of Robots

Michael Kalish

Michael Kalish

March 10, 2016

Professor Michael Kalish psychology class does not sound like your typical campus lecture. Whirring motors, turning gears and the occasional beep serve as the soundtrack of a new offering in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Supported by the college’s new Science Equipment Excellence Fund (SEEF), both undergraduates and graduate students in PSY 400/600 can explore the methodologies of cognitive science using robots of varying complexities.
Because robots are much more predicable than humans and animals, they are the perfect case study for students learning about information processing, the foundation of cognitive research.
Established in 2014 by an anonymous donor, and cultivated by Dean Karin Ruhlandt, the SEEF helps promote scientific literacy, which is central to a liberal arts education, regardless of one’s major or career path.

Hear more about the robots used in the “Understanding Cognitive Science” class in thsi short YouTube video.

Lewandowski Appointed Interim Chair of Psychology Department

January 25, 2016

Lawrence J. Lewandowski, professor and co-director of clinical training in the school psychology program, has been appointed interim chairman of the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. He takes over for Peter Vanable, who has been named interim dean of the Graduate School and interim vice president for research for the University.

Lewandowski’s appointment took effect in January. It is expected to span about 18 months.

“Larry is a distinguished and highly valued faculty member,” says College of Arts and Sciences Dean Karin Ruhlandt. “I am grateful to Larry for taking on this important leadership role and I am excited to partner with him in the weeks and months ahead.”

“I am delighted to serve the college and department in this role, especially given the enthusiastic support of the dean, our terrific faculty and our highly productive students,” says Lewandowski.

Lewandowski specializes in school psychology and clinical neuropsychology. He teaches courses in brain and behavior, neuropsychology, socioemotional assessment, school psychology practicum and internship supervision. His research focuses on test-taking skills and test accommodations for students with disabilities. He is a consultant to various test agencies, including the ACT, College Board, National Board of Medical Examiners and National Conference of Bar Examiners.