Projet 5 : Workshop series in cognitive science

Porteurs de projet

Personnes réellement impliquées (effectif global + détail nom, statut, laboratoire) :

Laboratoires et/ou équipes UNS concernés



Spatialization is the process by which spatial information is added by the cognitive system to process information (not necessarily spatial beforehand), often resulting in what is called a mental line. One of the first examples in the literature comes from Galton (1880) who reported that 5% of the individuals he interviewed naturally linked verbal information to space, for example by picturing numbers at very precise spatial locations. This privileged link between space and verbal information seems to have been naturally used even earlier in what the anthropologist Harwood (1976) described as myth spatialization, where spatial locations function as a mnemonic device for the recall of a myth (e.g., Australian aborigines or the Tobriand culture). Today spatialization and the spatial biases that come with it offer a vibrant realm of research which territory crosses various disciplines and domains. In numerical cognition and since the discovery of the SNARC effect (Dehaene et al., 1993), numerous studies have confirmed that numbers are also process spatially along the famous mental number line. Spatialization is also used by mnemonist when employing the venerable loci method (Yates, 1966) invented 2500 years ago. Research in human development seem to suggest
that spatialization starts very early in life, as seven-month old babies show preferences to increasing numeral sequences only if small number are associated to the left and larger to the right (de Hevia et al., 2014). In animal cognition, spatialization is an important and hot topic, as shown from the reaction of the scientific community after the discovery that 3-day chicks naturally link small numerals to the left and larger ones to the right (Rugani et al., 2015). Although spatialization seems to possess an innate dimension, its direction appears to be also culturally determined and linked to the direction of reading/writing (Guida et al., 2018). On the whole, spatialization is thought to start as an innate phenomenon, but for humans a cultural layer is subsequently added (McCrink & de Hevia, 2018). The debate is whether the cultural effect finally takes precedence over the innate determinism, or whether both effects are cumulative(if yes, in what proportion?). Given this productive field of research we would like to bring together in a workshop, researchers from around the globe and from various subdisciplines that have a common interest in spatialization. Our aim is to promote interactions and future collaborations, which outcome could shed a new light on spatialization and related topics.

Porteur :
Fabien Mathy

Pour suivre l'organisation préconisée par l’AAP : la journée comprendra des conférences plénières, des conférences de 20 min, et une session poster. La journée sera organisée en 3 conférences plénières le matin, 2 heures de conférences de 20 minutes l'après midi, une pause, et une dernière série de conférences de 20 minutes (une heure maximum). La journée se terminera avec une session poster en fin d'après-midi. L'appel à poster aura lieu dès lors que la date aura été arrêtée. La session poster garantira à tous les étudiants en doctorat la présence d'un senior discussant.



Académie 5 de l'IDEX