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Organisation of semantic knowledge: A comparison between the semantic system and the mental model

Merten, Julian (2019) Organisation of semantic knowledge: A comparison between the semantic system and the mental model.

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Abstract:Semantic knowledge refers to the storing, passing on and saving of information about concepts and the meaning of words. Since it is not yet clear how humans process and store information about concepts and semantics this paper focuses on the fit between activation in the brain and the people’s mental model of semantic knowledge. Using card sorting and a questionnaire, we measured the people’s mental model of semantical connections between concepts. The results of those were then compared to a voxel-wise model by Huth et al. (2016) that mapped out the semantic system in the brain. Our results indicate a clear semantical connection and a great overlap for two specific categories namely, Time and Social, whereas a little overlap and a weak cohesiveness for categories of Visual and Outdoor. Taken together, the outcome suggests there is an overlap between the people’s mental model and the established semantic map for specific categories, however, they are not conclusive for all semantic areas researched.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78297
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