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NO QUEST Meeting Fri Nov 11

Quest Topics Nov 11, 2011
There will be no meeting this week in honor of the Veteran’s day holiday – below are the topics that consumed my bandwidth this week:

1.) Topic one I’ve continued my investigation into ‘situated conceptualization’ – the idea is to capture in our training data ‘situations’ associated with the concepts we are trying to abstract a representation of – then in a cognitive subsequent task exploit the situation to focus on the relevant aspects of the concept’s representation for this situation-task, we use the article by Barsalou – ‘the situated nature of concepts’ – american journal of psychology, fall 2006, vol 119, no 3 p 349-384, traditional theories of concepts – concept encoding – generally ignore background situations focusing on bottom up stimulus based processing. Barsalou offers a taxonomy of situations: grain size, meaningfulness and tangibility distinguish the situations – this will be the topic of a quest hosted cyber meeting on Tues with our colleagues from the Cyberspace Center for Research – those interested contact capt amerika for details.

2.) This week I’ve expanded my interest in ‘situated conceptualization’ to include the idea of a ‘pattern completion inference mechanism’. The article I’m using is ‘Simulation, situated conceptualization, and prediction’, Lawrence W. Barsalou* Department of Psychology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B (2009) 364, 1281–1289 doi:10.1098/rstb.2008.03. Along these lines I also was investigating the Stanford SCAPE system that does completion inferencing for point cloud information for body types and activities even for types not in the data base. This stimulated a great interaction with our RH Colleagues on pattern completion and inferencing. One main point of departure from the publication is our position that the ‘simulation’ is not just for when the stimuli is not present but is the mechanism for generating the illusory cartesean theater for perception (also for imagination and recollection).

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