Olivia Cheung (NYU- Abu Dhabi)
From percepts to concepts: Understanding category selectivity for animals and objects

We maintain stable representations of the world via interactions of incoming sensory input and existing conceptual knowledge about the world. What kinds of visual features are critical for shaping concepts? Distinct concepts, such as animate and inanimate entities, often share vast and systematic differences in visual features. In this talk, I present behavioral and neural evidence that the well-documented distinction between animal and object representations are unlikely merely due to differences in low-level visual or shape properties. Instead, the involvement of higher-level cognitive influences may play a critical role for interpreting visual input during categorization.