Dynamic Friday Tutorials

The goal of the Dynamic Friday Tutorials is to build the DFT community by presenting 'case study' tutorials in an on-line, discussion-oriented, and hands-on environment. The next three case studies will build on the following papers:

  1. February 3 (optional reading)
    1. Lipinski, J., Schneegans, S., Sandamirskaya, Y., Spencer, J. P., & Schöner, G.. (2012). A Neuro-Behavioral Model of Flexible Spatial Language Behaviors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition., 38(6), 1490–1511. https://dynamicfieldtheory.org/upload/file/1470692845_fe09e17da927514823a1/LipinskiEtAl2011.pdf
    2. Richter, M., Lins, J., Schneegans, S., Sandamirskaya, Y., & Schöner, G.. (2014). Autonomous Neural Dynamics to Test Hypotheses in a Model of Spatial Language. In P. Bello, Guarini, M., McShane, M., & Scassellati, B. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2847–2852). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. https://dynamicfieldtheory.org/upload/file/1470692845_573a9c7ffe8e21330360/RichterEtAl2014.pdf
  2. March 3: Sabinasz, D., & Schöner, G.. (2022). A Neural Dynamic Model Perceptually Grounds Nested Noun Phrases. Topics in Cognitive Science. http://doi.org/10.1111/tops.12630
  3. April 7: Grieben

In advance of the meeting, the presenter will pre-record a talk to accompany each of the papers above. Attendees will be expected to listen to the talk and preview the paper in advance. Then, on the day of the event, the presenter will give a brief recap of the talk (e.g., 5-min overview) and open the floor for an on-line discussion. This will be followed by a hands-on tutorial session walking through simulators of the particular model (using, for instance, CEDAR or COSIVINA). The goal is to unpack the model and to help facilitate work with dynamic field models more generally.

Sessions will run from 3:30-5pm UK time (10:30am Eastern Standard Time in the US; 4:30pm in Europe)

For details on the next event, click on the 'Schedule' link above...

Target Audience

No specific prior knowledge of the mathematics of dynamical systems models or neural networks is required. An interest in formal approaches to cognition and development is an advantage.

To register, use the link on this page.

Schedule for February 3

The fourth Dynamic Friday event will be held February 3, 2023 at 3:30pm GMT. The event is scheduled for 90min and is meant to be discussion-oriented and hands-on.

To prep for the event, please do the following:

  1. Install CEDAR on your computer: https://cedar.ini.rub.de
  2. Watch the introduction to CEDAR here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34B6aW0-E6Y
  3. Watch the video on spatial language grounding, which will convey all you need to know for the session: https://ruhr-uni-bochum.sciebo.de/s/xBy8rcdeSoDlgui
    You may skip the in-depth presentation of the Richter et al. (2014) model if desired (roughly the last 40 minutes of the talk), but then jump to the conclusion (the last 5 minutes)
  4. Optionally follow the tutorials, provided under "Documents", on implementing visual search and spatial language grounding with CEDAR. The result of these tutorials is a simple version of the spatial language grounding architecture that we will discuss in the session.
  5. Optionally read the following two papers if you want more detailed information about the presented models.
    1. Lipinski, J., Schneegans, S., Sandamirskaya, Y., Spencer, J. P., & Schöner, G.. (2012). A Neuro-Behavioral Model of Flexible Spatial Language Behaviors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition., 38(6), 1490–1511. https://dynamicfieldtheory.org/upload/file/1470692845_fe09e17da927514823a1/LipinskiEtAl2011.pdf
    2. Richter, M., Lins, J., Schneegans, S., Sandamirskaya, Y., & Schöner, G.. (2014). Autonomous Neural Dynamics to Test Hypotheses in a Model of Spatial Language. In P. Bello, Guarini, M., McShane, M., & Scassellati, B. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2847–2852). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. https://dynamicfieldtheory.org/upload/file/1470692845_573a9c7ffe8e21330360/RichterEtAl2014.pdf
  6. Come ready to discuss, ask questions, get the behind-the-scenes story, etc.

Schedule for December 2nd

The third Dynamic Friday event will be held December 2 at 3:30pm GMT. The event is scheduled for 90min and is meant to be discussion-oriented and hands-on.

To prep for the event, please do the following:

  1. Read the Bhat, Spencer & Samuelson (2022) paper in Psychological Review: https://dynamicfieldtheory.org/upload/file/1663794318_54d75712f369973e825b/BhatSpencerSamuelson2022.pdf
  2. Watch the overview video on the WOLVES 'case study' page: https://dynamicfieldtheory.org/dft_case_studies/wolves/
  3. Install COSIVINA on your computer (see instructions on the case study page)
  4. Run the simulator on your machine to see if it is working -- if you get stuck, don't worry...we can help you debug at the tutorial event.
  5. Come ready to discuss, ask questions, get the behind-the-scenes story, etc.

Schedule for November 4th

The second Dynamic Friday event will be held November 4 at 3:30pm BST (UTC+1). The event is scheduled for 90min and is meant to be discussion-oriented and hands-on.

To prep for the event, please do the following:

  1. Read the Spencer et al (2022) paper in Infancy: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/infa.12457
  2. Watch the video on the spatial attention 'case study' page: https://dynamicfieldtheory.org/dft_case_studies/the_development_of_spatial_attention_the_iowa_model/
  3. Install COSIVINA on your computer (see instructions on the case study page)
  4. Run the simulator on your machine to see if it is working -- if you get stuck, don't worry...we can help you debug on Friday.
  5. Come ready to discuss, ask questions, get the behind-the-scenes story, etc.

Schedule for October 7

The first Dynamic Friday event will be held October 7 at 3:30pm BST (UTC+1). The event is scheduled for 90min and is meant to be discussion-oriented and hands-on.

To prep for the event, please do the following:

  1. Read the Spencer (2020) paper in Current Directions in Psychological Science: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0963721420959835
  2. Watch the videos on the VWM development 'case study' page: https://dynamicfieldtheory.org/dft_case_studies/the_development_of_working_memory/
  3. Install COSIVINA on your computer (see instructions on the case study page)
  4. Run the simulator on your machine to see if it is working -- if you get stuck, don't worry...we can help you debug on Friday.
  5. Come ready to discuss, ask questions, get the behind-the-scenes story, etc.

If you are interested in learning more, check out these two papers:

  1. Perone & Spencer (2013): https://dynamicfieldtheory.org/upload/file/1553697400_14b1159a6e79e4b8be5e/PeroneSpencer_Frontiers_2013.pdf
  2. Perone, Simmering & Spencer (2011): https://dynamicfieldtheory.org/upload/file/1553697280_65e15ac8e8a75d5e2b5c/PeroneSimmeringSpencer2011_OnLine.pdf