Barsalou, Lawrence
 
 
His interests lie in cognitive psychology and cognitive science, focusing on the acquisition, representation, and use of knowledge, especially in language, memory, and thought.
 

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After spending most of his career as a cognitive psychologist at the University of Chicago, Barsalou is now at Emory University. His interests lie in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science, focusing on the acquisition, representation, and use of knowledge, especially in language, memory, and thought. Barsalou’s previous work addressed a variety of issues concerning concepts, categories, planning, and autobiographical memory. His current work examines the mechanisms that underlie the dynamic processing of perceptual symbols, frames, and world models. He also continues to study the construction of categories to achieve goals, and is currently attempting to build a computational system that integrates the representational properties of perceptual symbols, the structural properties of frames, and the statistical properties of connectionist nets. Barsalou’s approach, theoretically, is computational, and empirically, includes both naturalistic and laboratory paradigms. The following are some representative publications: Cognitive psychology: An overview for cognitive scientists (1992); "Deriving categories to achieve goals," in G.H. Bower (Ed.), The psychology of learning and motivation: Advances in research and theory (1991); "Structure, flexibility, and linguistic vagary in concepts: Manifestations of a compositional system of perceptual symbols," in A.C. Collins, S.E. Gathercole, & M.A. Conway (Eds.), Theories of memory (1992); "Frames, concepts, and conceptual fields," in E. Kittay & A. Lehrer (Eds.), Frames, fields, and contrasts: New essays in semantic and lexical organization (1992); "Components of conceptual representation: From feature lists to recursive frames," in I. Van Mechelen, J. Hampton, R. Michalski, & P. Theuns (Eds.), Categories and concepts: Theoretical views and inductive data analysis.
 
 
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