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Cognitive Science
2021 Project Proposal

Learned Categorical Perception Research

Janet Andrews (Cognitive Science)

Project Type - B - Flexible:  It will be in-person if we are allowed to have URSI students on campus, but it will become a remote project if not.

This URSI project continues our lab's long-term project of exploring the phenomenon of learned categorical perception and the claim that learning new categories changes the way we perceive stimulus differences and similarities.  The work will include evaluating current research, visualizing and analyzing data, developing further experiments, conducting experiments online, applying meta-analytic techniques to relevant research literature, and preparing material for conference presentation and/or publication.

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.  Applications should address what the student finds interesting about this particular project and what they hope to gain from the experience.

This is an 8-week project running from June 7 – July 31