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30 October
Public Lecture at the ZiF

Zur Psychologie der Ästhetik

Thomas Jacobsen (Hamburg, GER)

From series of lectures Art meets Science

7 - 8 November
ZiF Workshop

With a little help from – whom?
The situated and organisational practices of 'helping'

Daniela Böhringer (Osnabrück, GER), Sarah Hitzler (Bielefeld, GER), Martina Richter (Essen, GER)

13 - 15 November
Cooperation Group Workshop

First Workshop on Breaking Confines

Martin Carrier (Bielefeld, GER), Armin Gölzhäuser (Bielefeld, GER)


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Statistical Models for Psychological and Linguistic Data


The goal of the cooperation group is to investigate and further develop a series of statistical methods that are now available for (a) the analysis of experimental and psychometric data from psychology and psycholinguistics, (b) the modeling of linguistic distributional data, and, possibly going beyond these domains, (c) the analyses of genome-wide associations. The methods in focus are (generalized) linear mixed models [(G)LMMs], generalized additive (mixed) models [GA(M)Ms], and multivariate (generalized) mixed models [MV(G)MMs]. These statistical methods deal with inferential statistical problems that arise from dependencies between, for example, measures on the same subjects or the same items in psycholinguistic experiments or, again as an example beyond the core domains, the same nucleotides in the genome (i.e., within-unit correlations).



Breaking Confines: Interdisciplinary Model-Building for a Complex World (BreaCon)


Model-building is a methodological centerpiece for addressing the challenges of a complex world. The Breaking Confines (BreaCon) cooperation group is intended to deal with modeling practices by interdisciplinary reflection and exchange. Its participants come from physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, the social sciences, history, and philosophy. They join forces in combining model-building as a central epistemic activity with studies on and analysis of model-building. The envisaged cooperative research process is essentially interdisciplinary in that the migration of models across disciplinary boundaries is pursued.


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