Like many cognitive scientists, I am interested in how the mind structures the world around us. In my case I am particularly interested in how concepts and the meaning of words are represented.
Given that most words are acquired from the linguistic context in which they are used, one approach is to see what kind of structure and information is available in the linguistic environment. This often involves the use of computational models that encode the which words go together in speech and text. In the case of text, these can often be accessed using large-scale corpora freely available.Apart from figuring out what kind of information is useful for people to understand the meaning of a word or sentence, it is also important to consider what kind of knowledge representation might be most suitable. This involves questions about how we can efficiently navigate and retrieve this information, but also how we can make sensible inferences about word meaning even if we have encountered a word only a few times. One approach I have been exploring the last couple of years is the representation of word meaning in lexico-semantic networks using which are studied in the Small World of Words project. This approach might also learn us something about the way our mental lexicon evolves.One way this question is currently addressed is by looking how semantic networks grow and perish over time by comparing networks of very young people to those of aged individuals. In the future, I also hope to apply these findings to clinical cases, elaborate on individual differences, investigate cross-cultural differences in the way people represent the meaning of words and how semantic and non-linguistically represented knowledge can be combined.
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Predicting human similarity judgments with distributional models: The value of word associ..
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Redefining the resolution of semantic knowledge in the brain: Advances made by the introduction of models of semantics in neuroimaging
Rose Bruffaerts, Simon De Deyne, Karen Meersmans, Antonietta Gabriella Liuzzi, Gert Storms, Rik Vandenberghe
Journal article | 2019 | Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
The boundaries of our understanding of conceptual representation in the brain have been redrawn since the introduction of explicit..
New Perspectives on the Aging Lexicon.
Dirk U Wulff, Simon De Deyne, Michael N Jones, Rui Mata, undefined Aging Lexicon Consortium
Journal article | 2019 | Trends in Cognitive Sciences
The field of cognitive aging has seen considerable advances in describing the linguistic and semantic changes that happen during t..
The "Small World of Words" English word association norms for over 12,000 cue words
Simon De Deyne, Danielle J Navarro, Amy Perfors, Marc Brysbaert, Gert Storms
Journal article | 2019 | Behavior Research Methods
Word associations have been used widely in psychology, but the validity of their application strongly depends on the number of cue..
Left perirhinal cortex codes for semantic similarity between written words defined from cued word association.
Antonietta Gabriella Liuzzi, Patrick Dupont, Ronald Peeters, Rose Bruffaerts, Simon De Deyne, Gert Storms, Rik Vandenberghe
Journal article | 2019 | NeuroImage
Knowledge of visual and nonvisual attributes of concrete entities is distributed over neocortical uni- and polymodal association c..
Predicting Lexical Norms: A Comparison between a Word Association Model and Text-Based Word Co-occurrence Models.
Hendrik Vankrunkelsven, Steven Verheyen, Gert Storms, Simon De Deyne
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of Cognition
In two studies we compare a distributional semantic model derived from word co-occurrences and a word association based model in t..
Representation of Semantic Similarity in the Left Intraparietal Sulcus: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evidence
Veerle Neyens, Rose Bruffaerts, Antonietta G Liuzzi, Ioannis Kalfas, Ronald Peeters, Emmanuel Keuleers, Rufin Vogels, Simon De Deyne, Gert Storms, Patrick Dupont, Rik Vandenberghe
Journal article | 2017 | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Left perirhinal cortex codes for similarity in meaning between written words: Comparison with auditory word input
Antonietta Gabriella Liuzzi, Rose Bruffaerts, Patrick Dupont, Katarzyna Adamczuk, Ronald Peeters, Simon De Deyne, Gerrit Storms, Rik Vandenberghe
Journal article | 2015 | Neuropsychologia
Noun and knowledge retrieval for biological and non-biological entities following right occipitotemporal lesions
Rose Bruffaerts, An-Sofie De Weer, Sophie De Grauwe, Miek Thys, Eva Dries, Vincent Thijs, Stefan Sunaert, Mathieu Vandenbulcke, Simon De Deyne, Gerrit Storms, Rik Vandenberghe
Journal article | 2014 | Neuropsychologia
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Melbourne School Of Psychological Sciences
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven