Talks and presentations

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Invited talks

Nastase, S. A., & Zada, Z. (2024, May). Language as a vehicle for interactively navigating a shared meaning space. Invited talk and panel at the Neurobiology of Language Workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. slides

Nastase, S. A. (2024, March). Learning a shared linguistic space for transmitting our thoughts to others. Invited talk at the University of Trento, Italy. slides

Nastase, S. A. (2024, February). Emergent brain-to-brain coupling and coordinated behavior in an artificial gameplay ecosystem. Invited talk at the Google DeepMind NeuroLab Workshop, London, UK.

Nastase, S. A. (2024, February). Learning a shared linguistic space for transmitting our thoughts to others. Invited talk at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. slides

Nastase, S. A. (2024, January). Learning a shared linguistic space for transmitting our thoughts to others. Invited talk at the Department of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, CA. slides

Nastase, S. A. (2023, August). Learning a shared linguistic space for transmitting our thoughts to others. Invited talk at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. slides

Nastase, S. A., Zaid Zada, & Hasson, U. (2023, August). Predicting brain activity from word embeddings during natural language comprehension. Invited workshop at Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou, China. GitHub

Nastase, S. A. (2023, August). Learning a shared linguistic space for transmitting our thoughts to others. Invited talk Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou, China. slides

Nastase, S. A. (2023, March). Learning a shared linguistic space for transmitting our thoughts to others. Invited talk at the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. slides

Nastase, S. A. (2022, December). Putting peer review in the public record. Invited talk at the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) “MRI Together” workshop. slides

Nastase, S. A. (2022, October). Learning a shared linguistic space for transmitting our thoughts to others. Invited colloquium for the Cognitive Science program at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. DOI slides

Bijsterboch, J., Bayrak, R. G., White, T., Nastase, S. A., Ramanaa, P. R., & Vazire, S. (2022, June). Open Science Room Panel: Open Publishing. Invited panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Glasgow, Scotland.

Nastase, S. A. (2022, March). Ecological insights into the neural machinery for communication and cooperation. Invited talk at the Music Cognition Lab at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Nastase, S. A. (2022, February). Speaker–listener neural coupling underlies successful communication. Invited talk at the Columbia Narrative Medicine Program, New York, NY.

Nastase, S. A. (2021, November). Ecological perspectives on the neural machinery for communication and cooperation. Invited talk at the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran, Iran.

Nastase, S. A. (2021, August). Ecological perspectives on the neural machinery for communication and cooperation. Invited talk at University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada.

Nastase, S. A. (2021, April). Developing a community resource for natural language neuroimaging. Invited talk at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. DOI slides

Nastase, S. A. (2021, March). The neuroscience of storytelling. Invited talk at the Council on Science and Technology “Voices of STEM” virtual workshop at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. slides

Nastase, S. A. (2021, March). Scaling up to a more ecological (and reproducible) cognitive neuroscience. Invited talk at the Courtois Project on Neuronal Modelling (CNeuromod), Montreal, QC, Canada. DOI slides

Nastase, S. A. (2021, February). Developing community resources for reproducible neuroimaging. Invited talk at the Princeton University Library “Research Inside-Out: Shifting the conversation to research-as-process” panel discussion at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. DOI slides

Nastase, S. A. (2020, December). Scaling up to a more ecological (and reproducible) cognitive neuroscience. Invited talk at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. DOI slides

Nastase, S. A. (2020, November). Rethinking the primacy of experimental control in cognitive neuroscience. Invited talk at the Donders Session on “Narratives for Neuroscience” at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. DOI slides Crowdcast

Nastase, S. A. (2020, November). Scaling up to a more ecological (and reproducible) cognitive neuroscience. Invited talk at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY. DOI slides

Nastase, S. A. (2020, June). The benefits of BIDS. Invited talk for the TrainTrack educational series at OHBM Brainhack 2020. DOI slides OSF YouTube

Nastase, S. A. (2020, May). Direct fit: an ecological perspective on biological and artificial neural networks. Invited talk at the Neural-AI Reading Group at Mila, Montreal, Canada. DOI slides

Nastase, S. A. (2020, February). Scaling up to a more ecological (and reproducible) cognitive neuroscience. Invited talk at Columbia University, New York, NY. DOI slides

Nastase, S. A. (2019, August). Estimating a shared response space across heterogeneous naturalistic story-listening data sets. Invited talk at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience workshop on “Semantic processing and semantic knowledge” at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. DOI slides YouTube

Nastase, S. A. (2019, January). Expanding on intersubject correlation analysis. Tutorial workshop for “MURI: A computational cognitive neuroscience approach to understanding event representation and episodic memory”, Princeton, NJ.

Nastase, S. A. (2017, November). Aligning fine-grained functional topographies across individuals. Invited talk at Brainhack DC, Washington, DC.

Nastase, S. A. (2017, August) Primacy of observed action representation during natural vision. Invited talk at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience workshop on “Action understanding: from kinematics to mind” at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. DOI YouTube

Nastase, S. A. & Haxby, J. V. (2016, November). Constructing a representational atlas for human cerebral cortex. Invited talk at the Neurocog 2016 workshop at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. DOI

Nastase, S. A. (2015, June). Multivariate pattern analysis for neuroscience. Invited talk at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.


Conference presentations

Nastase, S. A. (2024, April). Learning a shared linguistic space for transmitting our thoughts to others in natural conversations. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Social & Affective Neuroscience Society, Toronto, Canada.

Nastase, S. A. (2024, February). Learning a shared linguistic space for transmitting our thoughts to others. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Denver, CO.

Chen, Y., Zada, Z., Mentch, J., Rice, R., & Nastase, S. A. (2023, November). Modeling the content of event representations along the cortical hierarchy during natural vision. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Han, J., Gobbini, M. I., Haxby, J. V., & Nastase, S. A. (2023, November). Representational geometries supporting social action understanding in natural vision. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Zada, Z., Nastase, S. A., Speer, S., Mwilambew-Tshilobo, L., Tsoi, L., Burns, S., Hasson, U., & Tamir, D. (2023, November). Mapping cortical language representation during real-time natural dialogues. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Goldstein, A., Niekerken, L., Wang, H., Aubrey, B., Zada, Z., Sheffer, T., Nastase, S. A., Singh, A., Gazula, H., Schain, M., Rao, A., Choe, G., Kim, C., Doyle, W., Friedman, D., Devore, S., Dugan, P., Hassidim, A., Brenner, M., Matias, Y., Devinsky, O., Flinker, A., & Hasson, U. (2023, November). Unraveling the neural basis of everyday conversations through deep speech-to-text models. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Zada, Z., Goldstein, A., Michelmann, S., Simony, E., Price, A., Hasenfratz, L., Barham, E., Zadbood, A., Doyle, W., Friedman, D., Dugan, P., Melloni, L., Devore, S., Flinker, A., Devinsky, O., Hasson, U.* & Nastase, S. A.* (2023, October). Speaker-listener neural coupling in a shared linguistic embedding space during natural conversations. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Marseille, France.

Gu, C., Nastase, S. A., & Li, P. (2023, October). From shared representations to individual variations in non-native speakers: shared activity patterns predict naturalistic reading performance. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Marseille, France.

Zada, Z., Goldstein, A., Michelmann, S., Simony, E., Price, A., Hasenfratz, L., Barham, E., Zadbood, A., Doyle, W., Friedman, D., Dugan, P., Melloni, L., Devore, S., Flinker, A., Devinsky, O., Hasson, U*, & Nastase, S. A.*. (2023, July). Speaker-listener neural alignment in linguistic embedding space during spontaneous conversations. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Montreal, Canada.

Chen, Y., Zada, Z., Ashby, F. G., & Nastase, S. A. (2023, July). Belief-dependent narrative features reconfigure cortical network dynamics. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Montreal, Canada.

Kennedy, D. N., Bates, J. F., Ghosh, S., Grethe, J. S., Haselgrove, C., Hodge, S. M., Jarecka, D., Keator, D. B., MacDonald, A., Martone, M. E., Nastase, S. A., Preuss, N., Poline, J.-B., Halchenko, Y. O. (2023, July). The ReproCenter: a community of support for facilitating reproducible neuroimaging research. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Montreal, Canada.

Samara, A., Nastase, S. A., & Vanderwal, T. (2023, July). No rest for the wicked: gradients derived solely from time-locked, stimulus-driven connectivity patterns. Poster presented at the Gradients of Brain Organization workshop, Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Canada.

Nastase, S. A. (2023, June). Learning a shared linguistic space for transmitting our thoughts to others. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF), Brussels, Belgium. slides

Han, J., Nastase, S. A., & Haxby, J. V. (2023, March). Neural representational geometry of action in naturalistic stimuli. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Jiahui, G., Feilong, M., Nastase, S. A., Haxby, J. V., & Gobbini, M. I. (2023, March). Cross-movie prediction of individualized functional topography. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Peng, Y., Gu, C., Nastase, S. A., Mayer, R. E., & Li, P. (2023, March). Social cues impact real-time neural synchronization, visual attention, and learning outcome during multimedia learning. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Zada, Z., Nastase, S. A., Goldstein, A., Hasson, U. (2022, August). Brain-to-brain linguistic coupling in natural conversations. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, San Francisco, CA. DOI

Kumar, S.*, Sumers, T. R.*, Yamakoshi, T., Goldstein, A., Hasson, U., Norman, K. A., Griffiths, T. L., Hawkins, R. D., & Nastase, S. A. (2022, August). Reconstructing the cascade of language processing in the brain using the internal computations of a transformer-based language model. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, San Francisco, CA. DOI

Feilong, M., Nastase, S. A., Jiahui, G., Halchenko, Y. O., Gobbini, M. I., & Haxby, J. V. (2022, August). The Individualized Neural Tuning Model: precise and generalizable cartography of functional architecture in individual brains. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, San Francisco, CA. DOI

Jiahui, G.*, Feilong, M.*, Visconti di Oleggio Castello, M., Nastase, S. A., Haxby, J. V., & Gobbini, M. I. (2022, August). Modeling naturalistic face processing in humans with deep convolutional neural networks. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, San Francisco, CA. DOI

Chang, H. C. C., Nastase, S. A., & Hasson, U. (2021, November). The flow of information transformation across cortical networks during auditory narrative comprehension. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.

Nastase, S. A., Liu, Y.-F., Hillman, H., Zadbood, A., Hasenfratz, L., Keshavarzian, N., Chen, J., Honey, C. J., Yeshurun, Y., Regev, M., Nguyen, M., Chang, C. H. C., Baldassano, C., Lositsky, O., Simony, E., Chow, M. A., Leong, Y. C., Brooks, P. P., Micciche, E., Choe, G., Goldstein, A., Halchenko, Y. O., Norman, K. A., Hasson, U. (2019, October). Narratives: fMRI data for evaluating models of naturalistic language comprehension. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL. DOI slides

Zadbood, A., Nastase, S. A., Chen, J., Norman, K. A., & Hasson, U. (2019, October). Twisting your memory: how the brain rewrites memories as the understanding of the past changes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.

Nguyen, M., Chang, A., Meshulam, M., Nastase, S. A., & Hasson, U. (2019, October). Brain-to-brain coupling during teaching and learning. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.

Nastase, S. A., Liu, Y.-F., Norman, K. A., Hasson, U. (2019, June). Leveraging shared connectivity to aggregate heterogeneous datasets into a common response space. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Rome, Italy.

Feilong, M., Guntupalli, J. S., Nastase, S. A., Halchenko, Y. O., Haxby, J. V. (2019, June). Predicting general intelligence from fine-grained functional connectivity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Rome, Italy.

Wagner, A., Nastase, S. A., Hanke, M., Halchenko, Y. O. (2019, June). Turn it sideways: a new approach for determining the specificity of functional ROIs. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Rome, Italy.

Nastase, S. A., Philip, R. E., Chauhan, V. Feilong, M., Tayler, M. K., Halchenko, Y. O., Gobbini, M. I., Haxby, J. V. (2018, June). Decoding the neural representation of observed social and nonsocial human actions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Singapore.

Feilong, M., Guntupalli, J. S., Nastase, S. A., Haxby, J. V. (2018, June). Fine-scale individual differences revealed by hyperalignment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Singapore.

Rapuano, K. M., Courtney, A. L., Nastase, S. A., Sargent, J. D., Chang, L. J. (2018, June). Neural responses to naturalistic alcohol cues differ by real-world contextual relevance. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Singapore.

Poline, J.-B., Ghosh, S., Grethe, J. S., Halchenko, Y. O., Haselgrove, C., Hodge, S. M., Jarecka, D., Keator, D., Martone, M., Nastase, S. A., Preuss, N., Thomas, A., Travers, M., Kennedy, D. (2017, June). Reproducible neuroscience requires a new type of training. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Vancouver, Canada.

Nastase, S. A., Guntupalli, J. S., Haxby, J. V., & Halchenko, Y. O. (2016, November). Localizing functional regions of interest based on responses to dynamic naturalistic stimuli. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New York, NY.

Nastase, S. A., Green, A. E., Cross, E. S., Lee, Y.-S., Halchenko, Y. O., Haxby, J. V., & Kraemer, D. J. M. (2016, April). Decoding contributions of prefrontal and sensory-specific cortices to the retrieval of perceptual knowledge. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY.

Nastase, S. A., Visconti di Oleggio Castello, M., Halchenko, Y. O., Connolly, A. C., Oosterhof, N. N., Gobbini, M. I., Haxby, J. V. (2015, October). Attention alters animal and action representation in highly-distributed, functionally-defined cortical parcels. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.

Visconti di Oleggio Castello, M., Nastase, S. A., Gobbini, M. I., Haxby, J. V., Halchenko, Y. O. (2015, October). Finding cortical patches of shared representations: A comparison of clustering algorithms on representational geometries, and the effect of cross-validation to reduce physiological noise. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.

Nastase, S. A., Visconti di Oleggio Castello, M., Haxby, J. V., Gobbini, M. I., Halchenko, Y. O. (2015, June). Clustering cortical searchlights based on shared representational geometry. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Honolulu, Hawaii. DOI

Nastase, S. A., Connolly, A. C., Oosterhof, N. N., Halchenko, Y. O., Gors, J., Gobbini, M. I., Haxby, J. V. (2014, August). Attention reshapes distributed population codes for animal and action representation. Poster presented at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience workshop on “Decoding population responses” at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

Nastase, S. A., Connolly, A. C., Oosterhof, N. N., Halchenko, Y. O., Gors, J., Gobbini, M. I., Haxby, J. V. (2014, June). Attention locally modulates the discriminability of high-level, task-relevant representations. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Hamburg, Germany.

Nastase, S. A., Connolly, A. C., Oosterhof, N. N., Halchenko, Y. O., Gors, J., Gobbini, M. I., Haxby, J. V. (2014, May). Attentional allocation locally warps representational space. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Nastase, S. A., Iacovella, V., & Hasson, U. (2012, April). Statistical constraints in the auditory domain impact whole-brain connectivity patterns of the anterior cingulate and hippocampus. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Chicago, IL.

Nastase, S. A., Iacovella, V., & Hasson, U. (2012, February). Do structured inputs result in structured activity? The impact of temporal structure in the auditory domain on functional connectivity patterns. Poster presented at the international workshop on Segregation and Integration in Music and Language, Tuebingen, Germany.

Nastase, S. A., Iacovella, V., & Hasson, U. (2011, April). Modality-general and modality-specific systems coding for input order. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

Nastase, S. A., Iacovella, V., & Hasson, U. (2010, November). Does the coding of order depend on language systems? Poster presented at the annual Neurobiology of Language Conference, San Diego, CA.