- This event has passed.
Simulated representations: From single concept to cross-domain overlap and interface interactions
June 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Department of Psychology, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
The question of the interplay between the domain-general and the domain-specific cognitive systems is at the heart of current psychological and neuroscientific research. This general question can be further subdivided into at least two more detailed questions. First, do mental representations that belong to different knowledge domains share properties due to arepresentational overlap between them? Second, how do different domain-specific processes interface with each other by means of tapping into the same components of the general cognitive architecture (e.g., visual attention)? In my presentation, I will report recent evidence from our research group confirming the existence of both types of representational interplay. First, I will present data from cross-domain priming studies showing that similar organizational principles may underlie representations from different abstract-knowledge systems (e.g. mental arithmetic, time, spatial and emotional semantics). Second, I will report data showing how visual attention may subserve activation of distinct knowledge representations by acting as an interface between them.