Seminar: A neurocomputational phylogenetics of symbolic thought: From basic affordances to formal incompleteness

UEL College of Applied Health & Communities Seminar Series

Date:   Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Time:   12:00 – 1:00 pm       

Room:  Arthur Edwards Building, Room 1.01

A neurocomputational phylogenetics of symbolic thought: From basic affordances to formal incompleteness

Professor John E. Hummel, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Abstract

Professor Hummel is interested primarily in the representation and processing of relations. Along with language, the ability to perceive, represent and reason about relations is the major factor distinguishing human thinking from the cognitive abilities of all other animals: It is what makes us the dominant species on the planet.

Biography

You will find John’s name in most Cognitive Psychology textbooks – he developed (with Irving Biederman) an influential computational model on object recognition. More on his research: https://psychology.illinois.edu/directory/profile/jehummel

John E Hummel | Psychology at Illinois psychology.illinois.edu My students and I are interested primarily in the representation and processing of relations. Along with language, the ability to perceive, represent and reason about relations is the major factor distinguishing human thinking from the cognitive abilities of all other animals: It is what makes us the dominant species on the planet.

Session Chair:  Professor Volker Thoma, School of Psychology

Details are also in the Psychology Sharepoint calendar:

https://uelac.sharepoint.com/Psychology/Lists/Psychology%20Calendar/calendar.aspx

All staff and students are welcome. There is no need to rsvp.

We will also try to record the talk (if the presenter gives us permission) and it will be available on Moodle on the Psychology noticeboard. Here’s a link to previous talks and where this talk will be:

https://moodle.uel.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=570

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