Feb. 17, 11:45, Wei Ji Ma. Optimality and Probabilistic Computation in Visual Categorization

An interface between vision, numerical cognition, and word meanings

Justin Halberda

Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Whereas limits of visual processing are interesting in their own right, these limits take on a deeper meaning where vision integrates with other cognitive systems. It is at this point that limits within vision become limits that can affect the whole of cognition.  I present evidence for one such case: an interface between vision, numerical cognition and the semantics of quantifier terms. The goal is to highlight a case where non-visual cognition (lexical meanings) interfaces with vision and visual limits (tracking multiple sets) constrain later cognition.

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