Rob Goldstone | Making comparisons: Similarity, analogy, and translating between conceptual systems

The question of “what makes two things similar” is of fundamental importance to cognitive psychology… Our research suggests that perceptual similarity is highly related to general cognition. Perceptual similarity is quite sophisticated, and vestiges of perceptual similarity can be found in higher-level cognition.   One of the reasons why similarity is able to provide the […]

Joe Lee • Rob Goldstone | Precepts and Concepts Laboratory: Interactions between perceptual and conceptual learning (Illustrated)

An illustrated guide to ways that concepts influence our perception (made perceptually manifest by Joe Lee, conceived by Rob Goldstone). Attention Weighting Categorical Perception Dimensionalization Unitization Segmentation Assimilation and Contrast Differentiation Idealization Elaboration Reference Joe Lee • Rob Goldstone | Precepts and Concepts Laboratory: Interactions between perceptual and conceptual learning (Illustrated) Related Rob Goldstone | […]

Rob Goldstone | Precepts and Concepts Laboratory: Interactions between perceptual and conceptual learning

One of the first distinctions that an undergraduate psychology student learns is between “low-level,” simple, “merely” perceptual processes, and “high-level,” “true” cognition. This distinction is echoed by philosophers who differentiate sense data from cognitive inferences about sense data. Our research is based on the premise that this distinction is misleading and counterproductive. Perception is far […]