Jul 7 – 15, 2016
SISSA main building
Europe/Rome timezone

The blind cognitive scientists and an elephant: Language statistics and perceptual simulation in conceptual processing

Jul 14, 2016, 9:00 AM
1h 30m
Meeting room (7th floor) (SISSA main building)

Meeting room (7th floor)

SISSA main building

via Bonomea 265, 34136, Trieste, Italy


Prof. Max Louwerse (Tilburg University)


Over the last decade the cognitive sciences have strongly advocated an embodied view on cognition. Despite the empirical evidence favoring perceptual simulation in language processing, the conclusions drawn from this evidence often suggest perceptual simulation being the only explanation for conceptual processing. This talk demonstrates that language statistics should not be dismissed in a unified account of cognition. For many findings in the embodied cognition literature attributed to perceptual simulation, language statistics are in fact better predictors, depending on the cognitive task, the nature of the stimulus, individual differences and the time course of processing.

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