Donald J. Kalar

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Cognitive neuroscience aims to map mental processes onto brain function, which begs the question of what "mental processes" exist and how they relate to the tasks that are used to manipulate and measure them. This topic has been addressed informally in prior work, but we propose that cumulative progress in cognitive neuroscience requires a more systematic(More)
Now that genome-wide association studies (GWAS) are dominating the landscape of genetic research on neuropsychiatric syndromes, investigators are being faced with complexity on an unprecedented scale. It is now clear that phenomics, the systematic study of phenotypes on a genome-wide scale, comprises a rate-limiting step on the road to genomic discovery. To(More)
The goal of cognitive neuroscience is to map mental functions onto their neural substrates. We argue here that this goal requires a formal approach to the characterization of mental processes, and we present one such approach by using ontologies to describe cognitive processes and their relations. Using a classifier analysis of data from the BrainMap(More)
Achieving compositional connectionism means finding a way to represent role-filler bindings in a connectionist system without sacrificing role-filler independence. Role-filler binding schemes based on varieties of conjunctive coding (the most common approach in the connectionist literature) fail to preserve role-filler independence. At the same time,(More)
Neuroimaging research has largely focused on the identification of associations between brain activation and specific mental functions. Here we show that data mining techniques applied to a large database of neuroimaging results can be used to identify the conceptual structure of mental functions and their mapping to brain systems. This analysis confirms(More)
Models of contour interpolation have been proposed for illusory contour interpolation but seldom for interpolation of occluded contours. The identity hypothesis (Kellman & Loukides, 1987; Kellman & Shipley, 1991) posits that an early interpolation mechanism is shared by interpolated contours that are ultimately perceived as either illusory or occluded. Here(More)
As robots become increasingly capable and autonomous, the role of a human operator may be to supervise multiple robots and intervene to handle problems and provide strategic guidance. In such cases, the extent to which HRI tools support the human supervisor's situational awareness (SA) and ability to intervene in an appropriate and timely fashion will(More)
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