Oosterwijk – SciReports – Communicative knowledge pervasively influences sensorimotor computations

Referential pointing is a characteristically human behavior, which involves moving a nger through space to direct an addressee towards a desired mental state. Planning this type of action requires an interface between sensorimotor and conceptual abilities. A simple interface could supplement spatially-guided motor routines with communicative-ostensive cues. For instance, a pointing nger held still for […]

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Stolk – PNAS – Cerebral coherence between communicators marks the emergence of meaning

How can we understand each other during communicative inter- actions? An influential suggestion holds that communicators are primed by each other’s behaviors, with associative mechanisms au- tomatically coordinating the production of communicative signals and the comprehension of their meanings. An alternative sugges- tion posits that mutual understanding requires shared conceptuali- zations of a signal’s use, […]

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Stolk – Cortex – Understanding communicative actions: A repetitive TMS study

Despite the ambiguity inherent in human communication, people are remarkably efficient in establishing mutual understanding. Studying how people communicate in novel settings provides a window into the mechanisms supporting the human competence to rapidly generate and understand novel shared symbols, a fundamental property of human communication. Previous work indicates that the right posterior superior temporal […]

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Stolk – PNAS – Neural mechanisms of communicative innovation

Human referential communication is often thought as coding– decoding a set of symbols, neglecting that establishing shared meanings requires a computational mechanism powerful enough to mutually negotiate them. Sharing the meaning of a novel sym- bol might rely on similar conceptual inferences across communica- tors or on statistical similarities in their sensorimotor behaviors. Using magnetoencephalography, […]

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communicative actions

I am interested in how we plan and execute social and communicative actions, for example pointing out an object to someone else. This seems like such a simple mundane task that it might be hard to see why it is so fascinating to study.

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Lachlan – JCompPsy – Are there species-universal categories in bird song phonology and syntax?

Previous studies of learned bird song have suggested the existence of species-universal patterns in song organization: clear clusters in produced songs that do not vary within a species. Here the authors combine a computational method of comparing songs with statistical methods of assessing cluster structure to investigate this issue in a more quantitative manner. The […]

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