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Conceptual Learning : the Investigation of Brain Region Effect on Representative Concept Categorisation

Schöler, L. G. (2021) Conceptual Learning : the Investigation of Brain Region Effect on Representative Concept Categorisation.

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Abstract:This study investigates semantic categorical representations in the brain and takes a closer look at how different brain regions might influence the way in which semantic categories are cognitively represented. Cognition controls a large part of what we can perceive of the world. Through various input and stimuli, we learn about this complex world to make sense of our environment. Cognition is largely influenced by what is described as concepts. Conceptual categorisations reduce the complex world and its systems to an amount that is comprehensible for us. In this study, a card-sorting task and a questionnaire were used to investigate the relationship of concepts and their representation in the brain, based on the brain map established by Huth et al. (2016). More specifically, it was tested whether the representation of concepts in the brain as provided by Huth et al. (2016) could be compared to the grouping of concepts during the card sorting task. In addition, the different representation in distinct brain regions was examined, specifically, differentiated into semantic categorization in the anterior cortices versus posterior cortices and left versus right brain hemisphere. The findings showed that the representation of conceptual categories established by Huth et al. (2016) could be replicated to some extent. However, it was demonstrated that no difference in conceptual representation based on the distinctive brain regions could be established through the card sorting task.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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