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» Avoiding Common Errors in Language Processing - Psych Central News

» Avoiding Common Errors in Language Processing - Psych Central News | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A new study finds that we are often sloppy in processing or interpreting language, as investigators determined our brains often do not notice key words that can...
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The advantage of ambiguity in language

Lead author of the paper is Steven Piantadosi PhD '11; Harry Tily, a postdoc in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, is another co-author. What do you 'mean'? For a somewhat ironic example of ambiguity, ...
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THE UNIQUE INTERACTION BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND OLFACTORY PERCEPTION AND COGNITION

Abstract from Chapter 1 - not for the faint-hearted.

 

The interaction between language and olfaction is both contradictory and complex. On the one hand, it is more difficult to assign words to olfactory experience than to any of our other sensory perceptions, and higher-order olfactory cognition can operate without any linguistic involvement. For example, one need not have any verbal knowledge of what a scent is for it to elicit a full blown episodic memory. At the same time, words and verbal context have a more potent influence on the perception of scents than they do for any other sensory system. Labels and verbal suggestions can alter perception of odors to the extent of creating olfactory illusions and once the name for an odor is known olfactory sensory representations can be over-ridden by verbal-cognitive processing. In this chapter a review of research from my laboratory and supporting data from other researchers on the influence and interaction between language and olfaction will be presented. Theories for why this unique relationship with language exists and how olfaction differs from our other senses in this regard will be discussed.

 

(Here is the link to the pdf of the first chapter: http://www.rifm.org/doc/Annl%20Mtg%202010/NOVA%20Trends%20in%20Experimental%20Psychology%20Research%20R%20Herz.pdf)

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Inaccuracy of brain's language processing revealed

Inaccuracy of brain's language processing revealed...
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BBC - BBC TV blog: Horizon: Do you see the same colours as me?

BBC - BBC TV blog: Horizon: Do you see the same colours as me? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Do you see the same colours that I see? And why do I fancy you more in red? Find out more about Horizon's colour perception experiments.

(Note: the video does not work outside the UK).

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