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Cognitive Science
2019 Project Proposal

Learned Categorical Perception Research

Jan Andrews (Cognitive Science)

The purpose of this URSI project is to extend our ongoing efforts to develop a more rigorous and informative methodology for testing a phenomenon known as learned categorical perception (CP).  The paradigm we are currently working with uses a psychophysical task to test participants’ ability to detect very small stimulus differences in novel visual patterns and to determine whether learning to categorize the patterns improves this ability more than a control task that doesn’t involve learning categories, which is the learned CP claim.  The work will include visualizing and analyzing data, developing further experiments, conducting experiments online, and exploring relevant research literature.

Prerequisites:
Intermediate level coursework in cognitive science, interest in the project, and a willingness to learn and program in JavaScript and R are required; background in programming, research methods, and statistics, and prior familiarity with R, are very desirable.

How should students express interest in this project?
Students do not need to contact me with regard to their application.