UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Virtual: Brain meeting: Judy Fan

18 June 2021, 4:15 pm–5:15 pm

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Cognitive tools for making the invisible visible

This event is free.

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Justyna Ekert and Elisa van der Plas and Gabrielle Sheehan


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United Kingdom

Brain meeting 

Abstract: How does the human mind transform a cascade of sensory information into meaningful knowledge? Traditional approaches focus on how people process the data provided to them by the world, yet this approach leaves aside some of the most powerful tools humans have to actively reformat their experiences, including the use of physical media to externalize their thoughts by drawing or writing. My lab aims to “reverse engineer” the core mechanisms by which employing such cognitive tools enable people to learn and communicate more effectively. Our recent work focuses on drawing, one of our most basic and versatile tools, because it also represents a key challenge for understanding how multiple systems interact to support complex, natural behaviors. This talk will highlight a recent study investigating the neural mechanisms enable us to produce a recognizable drawing of an object, and how this visual production experience influences how this object is represented in the brain.

About the Speaker

Judy Fan

Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology, UC San Diego