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CCN talk February 17, 2020

Manuela Piazza

Manuela Piazza

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science

Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - CIMeC

University of Trento

How semantic representations are coded in the brain: the examples of numbers, quantifiers, and concrete words

Time: 4:00-5:00pm

Place: Moore Hall, Room 202

Abstract

We live our lives surrounded by symbols (e.g., spoken and written words, numbers, road signs, logos). Early during development, we learn how to interpret them and throughout our life we use them to evoke, communicate and reflect upon things that are not currently present to our senses. The representations that we access when we process known symbols is what we call semantic representations. One big current challenge in cognitive neuroscience is to unveil the neural substrates of semantic representations. In my talk I will illustrate how I have approached the question investigating how we access meaning of numbers, quantifiers, and concrete words.