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Center for Cognitive Sciences - University of Niš

Cognitive Science represents an interdisciplinary field of research in the domains of philosophy of mind, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, AI theory, cognitive anthropology and other disciplines.

Its origins can be traced back to the fifties, when researchers in various disciplines started developing theories based on complex mental representations and computational procedures (the computational theory of mind). In mid-1970s, the first Cognitive Science Society was founded, followed by the first cognitive journal named Cognitive Science. Since then, over 70 universities around the globe have formed curricula focused on cognitive science(s).

In Niš, various researchers employ a cognitive approach in the domains of neurology, psychiatry, linguistics, psychology and electronic engineering. So far, there have been no instutionalized forms of cooperation among them. The main aim of this project will be to promote interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of cognitive science by organizing meetings, seminars and lectures, as well as by initiating international cooperation with various institutions and creating an academic curriculum fully devoted to cognitive science. The Center's activities will involve not only academic staff, but also a number of students interested in the field.

Center for Cognitive Sciences was founded in July 2013. Its formation had been initiated by the Cognitive Science Forum.

Center for Cognitive Sciences is a member of the Cognitive Science, Knowledge Studies, and Knowledge Technologies CEEPUS III Academic Network.

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November 3rd, 2016

Patrick Plummer, Ph.D., from UCLA, is scheduled to give an online lecture titled The Effects of Context on Word Recognition. The lecture will be given on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, at 18:00, lecture hall number 8, University building, ground floor.

You can find the abstract with details about the lecture below. More information about the lecturer is available at: http://reasoninglab.psych.ucla.edu/Labbies/PatrickPlummer.html.

The Effects of Context on Word Recognition

Abstract: Despite decades of psycholinguistic research, many aspects of language comprehension during reading are not clearly understood.  Furthering the understanding of skilled reading is an essential step toward developing more useful cognitive models of reading and better methods of instruction in literacy.  My work focuses on how readers coordinate the cognitive processes that underlie word identification and sentence comprehension with the constraints imposed by visual acuity and the requirements of fine oculomotor control. My talk will present work designed to investigate the influence of linguistic context on word recognition during reading using high temporal resolution eye-tracking methodologies. I will present one set of experiments that examined the effects of prior sentence context on the extraction of orthographic (letter) and phonological (sound) information at the earliest stages of word identification. A second set of experiments examined the influence of various corpus-based lexical characteristics on word recognition difficulty and eye-movement control during reading.  The results of these studies suggest that context is a crucial factor in the moment-to-moment processing of words as well as the encoding of word form and meaning in long-term memory.  Taken together, these findings have theoretical implications on the understanding of how sentence comprehension influences word recognition and how word meanings might be represented in the language processing system.

(Click here to see the poster)