COGS1simulationlecture

COGS1simulationlecture - Ben Bergen Associate Professor...

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Language, perception, and action Ben Bergen Associate Professor UCSD Cognitive Science Cognitive Science 1 November 30, 2010
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Collaborators David Strayer Frank Drews Joel Cooper Teenie Matlock Srini Narayanan
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How do we understand language? “people understand narratives by subconsciously […] simulating the situation being described. […] When hearing or reading about grasping, we simulate grasping, being grasped, or watching someone grasp.” (Feldman & Narayanan, 2004)
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Mental simulation If language about visible things or performable actions drives people to perform visual or motor simulation, this should interfere with actual vision or motor control
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Visual simulation
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Visual simulation [up] The mule climbed . [down] The chair toppled .
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Up/down verbs 460 480 500 520 540 560 580 600 620 Down Up Down Up Down Up Down Up Literal Verb Literal Noun Metaphor Abstract Same Different * * p<0.05 Verbs Nouns Metaphor Sentence meaning Response time (msec)
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Up/down nouns [up] The sky darkened. [down] The floor squeaked.
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Up/down nouns 460 480 500 520 540 560 580 600 620 Down Up Down Up Down Up Down Up Literal Verb Literal Noun Metaphor Abstract Same Different * * p<0.05 Verbs Nouns Metaphor Sentence meaning Response time (msec)
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460 480 500 520 540 560 580 600 620 Down Up Down Up Down Up Down Up Literal Verb
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