mind & language lab

 

Department of Psychology, Emory University

 

presentations

Invited talks

Wolff, P. (October, 2015). Big data and language: Extracting the large-scale structure of the English verb lexicon. IGERT Language and Communication Program, University of Pennsylvania.

Wolff, P. (October, 2015). Automatically deriving the semantics of the future: Insights from big data. Cognitive Science Program, Department of Psychology, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Data X Program, Lehigh University.

Wolff, P. (September, 2015). Thoughts about the future and wellbeing: Insights from big data. Center for Positive Psychology,

University of Pennsylvania.

Wolff, P. (August, 2015). Linguistic hints to causal models of the future, Science of Prospection Awards Mid-Course Retreat, Philadelphia, PA.

Wolff, P. (July, 2015). Forces and the Semantics of Causation, Physical and social scene understanding workshop. Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Wolff, P, (August, 2014). Forces in the large-scale structure of the verb lexicon, University of Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany.

Wolff, P., (Sept. 2014). Forces and events. European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Noto, Sicily, Italy

Wolff, P. (October, 2014). The Language-thought Interface; China International Forum on Cognitive Linguistics: Beihang University. Beijing, China.

Wolff, P. (October, 2014). Space and schematics.Tsing Hau University. Beijing, China.

Wolff, P. (October, 2014). Causation across languages. Peking University. Beijing, China.

Wolff, P. (October, 2014). Causation as mental simulation. Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China.

Wolff, P. (October, 2014). Events and Agents. Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China.

Wolff, P. (October, 2014). Intentional action and thoughts about the future. University of Science
and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China.

Wolff, P. (October, 2014). Causation by omission and causal chains. Capital Normal University, Beijing, China.

Wolff, P., Copley, B., & Agichtein, E., (August, 2014). Linguistic hints to models of the future: A corpus-driven approach, Prospective Psychology: University of Pennsylvania, PA.

Wolff, P. (September, 2012). The language-thought interface. NTNU PhD Program in Linguistics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Wolff, P. (October, 2011). Causation and the somatosensory system. Seminar in Cognition and Brain Science. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Wolff, P. (November, 2010). Causation and the somatosensory system. Cognitive Science Colloquium series. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Wolff, P. (November, 2010). Causation and haptic processing. Developmental Seminar. Psychology Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Wolff, P. (November, 2009). How absences cause events. Developmental Brown Bag, Yale University, New Haven.

Wolff, P. (June, 2009). Causal composition and the meaning of causal verbs. University of Paris and CNRS, France.

Wolff, P. (June, 2009). Data mining for causal relations. University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Wolff, P. (April, 2009). Absent causes, present effects: How omissions cause events. Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology. One Hundred First Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA.

Wolff, P. (November, 2007). Force dynamics and the semantics of negative causation. Co-hosted by the Stanford Psychology of Language Tea (SPLaT!) and Stanford Linguistic Department’s Semantics Workshop. Stanford University, CA.

Wolff, P. (November, 2007). Constructing causal structure on the fly. Cognitive Science Program, University of California, Merced, CA .

Wolff, P. (October, 2007). Representing causal chains in the mind and in language. Social/cognitive Brownbag series. Department of Psychology, Georgia State, GA.

Wolff, P. (January, 2007). Forces and the perception of causation. Workshop on Causality, Mechanisms, and Psychology. Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh.

Wolff, P. (January, 2007). Representing causation as configurations of force. Psychology research seminar series. Northumberland University, Newcastle, UK.

Wolff, P. (January, 2007). Force dynamics in causal reasoning. Workshop on Forces in Grammatical Structures. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Paris, France.

Wolff, P. (August, 2006). Force dynamics and categories of verbs. Workshop on Structure and Context, The Linguistic Association of Finland. Turku, Finland.

Wolff, P. (March, 2006). Causation as spatial arrangements of force. Symposium on Objects in Motion: How cause is captured in language and thought. 2006 Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD

Wolff, P. (November, 2005). Inducing causal events from physical and social forces. Symposium on Event Representation. 46th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, Canada.

Wolff, P. (October, 2005). Representing causation. Works in Progress Series, Department of Philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. 

Wolff, P. (November, 2004). Direct causation in the linguistic encoding and individuation of causal events. Program in Cognitive Science, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. 

Wolff, P. (October, 2004). Causation and configurations of force. Workshop on Geometrical Structure in Event Concepts. University of Constance, Germany. 

Wolff, P. (September, 2004). Causation and the individuation of complex events. Event representation in mind and language: A research symposium to be held at University of Oregon Institute for Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University of Oregon

Wolff, P. (July, 2004). Causal verbs and reasoning across languages. Symposium: Language and thought. 26th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Chicago. 

Wolff, P. (February, 2004). Causal categories in cognition and language. Department of Linguistics and Program in Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley

Wolff, P. (February, 2004). Causal categories in cognition and language. Department of Psychology, Northeastern University.

Wolff, P. (January, 2004). Causal categories in cognition and language. Department of Psychology, Emory University

Wolff, P. (December, 2003). Causal categories in cognition and language. Department of Psychology, Temple University

Wolff, P. (June 20-21, 2003). Categories of causation across cultures. Categorization Inside and Outside the Lab: A Festschrift in Honor of Dr. Douglas Medin. Chicago Botanic Garden, IL. 

Wolff, P. (April, 2003). Physical and psychological causation within a vector semantic framework. Lehigh University.

Wolff, P. (Feb. 13, 2003). Animation as a tool for studying cross-linguistic differences in meaning. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. 

Wolff, P. (Feb. 11, 2003). A force vector approach to causal meaning across languages. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. 

Wolff, P. (Dec. 13, 2002). A force vector model of causal meaning. Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University

Wolff, P. (Oct. 31, 2002). Categories of causation and configurations of force. Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, MIT Wolff, P. (1999). What language might tell us about the individuation of complex events. Maryland Linguistics Colloquium, University of Maryland, College Park

 

Conference presentations

Shepard, J., & Wolff, P. (November, 2015). Future-oriented thought and its relation to wellbeing.Psychonomic Society 56th Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Thorstad, R., & Wolff, P. (November, 2015). The temporal dynamics of causal illusions. Psychonomic Society 56th Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Thorstad, R., Nie, A., & Wolff, P. (July, 2015). Representations of time affect willingness to wait for future rewards. Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Pasadena, CA.

Copley, B.& Wolff, P. (May, 2015). Semantics and Linguistic Theory 25 (SALT 25). Stanford U., CA

Nie, A., Shepard, J., Choi, J. Copley, B., & Wolf, P. (May, 2015). Computational exploration of the Linguistic Structures of Future-oriented Expression: Classification and Categorization NAACL-HLT 2015, Denver, Colorado.

Copley, B. & Wolff, P. (March, 2015). Language as a window into prospection. International Convention of Psychological Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Wolff, P. (September, 2014). Forces and events. European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Noto, Sicily, Italy.

Wolff, P., & Copley, B. (September, 2014). Structural causal pluralism. European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Noto, Sicily, Italy.

Shepard, J, & Wolff, P. (September, 2014). The role of causal structure in intentional action: Explaining the Knobe effect and beyond. European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Noto, Sicily, Italy.

Holmes, K. J., & Wolff, P. (August, 2013). When is language a window into the mind? Looking
beyond words to infer conceptual categories. The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Berlin, Germany.

Shepard, J., & Wolff, P. (August, 2013). Intentionality, evaluative judgments, and causal
structure. The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Berlin, Germany.

Wolff, P., Ritter, S., & Holmes, K. J. (2011). Causal perception and the feeling of force. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA.

Lock, B. M., Agichtein, E., Holmes, K. J., & Wolff, P. (2011). Using web corpus statistics to infer conceptual structure. COGSCI 2010, The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Boston, MA.

Holmes, K., & Wolff, P. (2011). Simulating realism in language comprehension. COGSCI 2010, The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Boston, MA.

Holmes, K. J., & Wolff, P. (November, 2010). Schematic representations in the dorsal stream. 51 st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. St. Louis, MI.

Holmes, K. J., & Wolff, P. (August, 2010). Simulation from schematics: Dorsal stream processing and the perception of implied motion. The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, OR.

Wolff, P. (November, 2009). How omissions cause events. Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Boston, MA.

Holmes, K. J., Namy, L. L., Wolff, P. (2008). Mechanisms of verbal and non-verbal mediation in object perception. 49 th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Chicago, IL.

Holmes, K. J., Namy, L. L., Wolff, P. (2008). Mechanisms of verbal and non-verbal mediation in object perception. 49 th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Chicago, IL.

Wolff, P., Barbey, A. K., & Vaughan, C. (2007). The semantics of negation in causation. Forty-eighth Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Long Beach, CA.

Barbey, A., K., & Wolff, P. (2007). Learning causal structure from reasoning. Twenty-Ninth Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Nashville, TN.

Wolff, P., Jeon, G. & Yeh, K. (2006). Causal agents and the individuation of events in English, Chinese, and Korean. T he 5th International Conference on Cognitive Science.

Barbey, A., & Wolff, P. (July, 26-29, 2006). Causal Reasoning from Forces. The 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Vancouver, B.C.

Klettke, B., & Wolff, P. (July, 26-29, 2006). Differences in the Representation of Physical and Social Causation. The 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Vancouver, B.C.

Wolff, P. (January, 6-9, 2005). Direct causation and configurations of force. Linguistic Society of America 79th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. 

Wolff, P. (Nov. 18-21, 2004). Contrasting force dynamic and probabilistic approaches to causation. Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Wolff, P. & Gentner, D. (Nov. 6-9, 2003). Initial symmetry in metaphor processing. Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Vancouver, B.C. 

Lu, S., Graesser, A. C., & Wolff, P. (Nov. 6-9, 2003). Perceptions and conceptions of time. Fortieth-fourth Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Vancouver, B.C. 

Klettke, B., & Wolff, P. (July 7-12, 2003). How guilty am I? - A new model for the assignment of blame. APLS/EAPL 2003 Psychology and Law International Interdisciplinary Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Klettke, B. & Wolff, P. (July 31-August 2, 2003). Differences in how English and German speakers talk and reason about CAUSE. The 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA. 

Wolff, P., & Wong, D. (Nov. 21-24, 2002). Causation and the concept of force. 43rd Annual Meeting Of ThePsychonomic Society. Kansas City, KS.

Wolff, P., & Vassilieva, T. (Nov. 1-3, 2002). When Russians learn English: How the perception of CAUSE may change. Boston University Conference on Language Development.

Wolff, P., & Song, G. (October 11-14, 2002). Causal events: how perceptual properties are linked to linguistic expressions. The 6th Conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language. Rice University, Houston, TX.

Wolff, P., & Zettergren, M. (August 8-11, 2002). A vector model of causal meaning. The 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 
Washington, DC.

Wolff, P. (June 3-5, 2002). Object localization under uni- and multi-tasking conditions. Mississippi Consortium for Military Personnel Research, Memphis, TN.

Wolff, P., & Vassilieva, T., Burgos, F. (May 2 – 4, 2002). Language and mental rotation in the localization of objects. 2002 Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Wolff, P., & Vassilieva, T., Zettergren, M. (May 2 – 4, 2002). Conceptions of CAUSE in English and Russian mono- and bilinguals. 2002 Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Wolff, P., & Klettke, B. (January 3-6, 2002). English and German speakers and the perception of cause. 2002 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, San Francisco, CA.

Wolff, P., & Song, G. (November 15-18, 2001). Models of causation and the semantics of causal verbs. The 42th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Orlando, FL.

Wolff, P. (July 22-27, 2001). Event individuation and the linguistic coding of causal chains. 7th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference.

Wolff, P., Song, G., & Driscoll, D. (April 19, 2001). Models of causation and their relationship to causal verbs. Chicago Linguistics Society, Chicago, IL.

Wolff, P. & Gentner, D. (1997). Metaphor comprehension as a process of alignment. The 37th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society,
Philadelphia, PA.

Wolff, P. (1997). What children know about causal verbs. Society for Research in Child Development, Biennial meeting, Washington, DC.

Wolff, P. (1996). Developmental change in the lexicalization of causal events. The 21st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.

Wolff, P., & Gentner, D. (1996). What language might tell us about the perception of cause. The 17th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, San Diego, CA.

Gentner, D., & Wolff, P. (1993). Metaphor comprehension by comparison. The 33rd Annual Meeting of thePsychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.

Wolff, P., & Gentner, D. (1992). The time course of metaphor comprehension. The 14th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Bloomington, IN.

Wolff, P. M., Zola, D., & McConkie, G. W. (1990). Frequency of refixating words during reading: A developmental study. Sixty-second Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Zola, D., Grimes, J., & Wolff, P. (1989). Children's word perception: Multiple fixations on a word. Symposium on the processing of information during fixations in reading: Eye movement, electrophysiological, and developmental perspectives. Sixty-first Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.