Grounding concepts in metacognitive experiences - a neurocomputational approach

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In this talk I will present the conjecture that metacognitive experiences can be used to ground the meaning of abstract concepts. Although this possibility has been suggested before, no process model has been proposed to clarify how these grounded concepts might originate, how they might be learned, and how they can be expressed in on line processing. I will discuss a neurocomputational model of abstract categorization in which metacognitive signals of competence improvement are used to form a new abstract category starting from concrete sensorimotor experiences. To this end I will explore the specific case of possessory concepts.

Mar 17, 2021 1:00 PM — 3:00 PM
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Luca Tummolini
Luca Tummolini
Senior Researcher

Senior researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian Research Council in Rome and associated fellow at the Institute for Future Studies in Sweden. He is interested in social interaction and the cognitive mechanisms that enable humans to flexibly coordinate and collaborate with one another from shared deliberation in small groups to conformity with population-wide regularities like conventions and social norms. He has published in philosophy, psychology, economics and computer science journals. He is the author of more than 50 articles and co-editors of three volumes.