Using concept typicality to map the neural basis of conceptual knowledge
Apples vs Olives - how to map this conceptual knowledge
Our conceptual knowledge is organized into categories, which help us make sense of the world, quickly, knowledgeably and pragmatically. A key property of concepts is their graded category membership, where some members are more typical of the category than others. For example, an apple is a good example of a fruit, whereas an olive seems less so. In this talk, I will show behavioural and fMRI data from healthy young and older adults that demonstrate that concept typicality: (a) is critical to structuring conceptual knowledge, (b) offers a wide-angle view on how the semantic system is neurologically implemented, and (c) contributes to understanding how semantic memory changes along aging.
The presenter: Dr Ana Raposo
Session Chair: Dr. Moreno Coco, School of Psychology