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Dienstag, 12. März 2019, 14:00 Uhr s.t.Raum: VG 0.24

Human visual body perception

Prof. Paul Downing, Bangor University

Humans are highly attuned to perceptual cues about the people around us. Much is known about how we read such cues from the face, yet the appearance of the rest of the body also carries rich signals about the states and traits of other people: sex, age, emotion, health, strength, and others. Many disciplines have a stake in understanding how we extract these body signals; yet there is not a general neurocognitive model of how the body is visually perceived. I will speak about evidence from our behavioural, fMRI, and TMS studies that is aimed at better understanding the brain regions and mental representations that support this important ability.

Dienstag, 14. Mai 2019, 14:00 Uhr s.t. Raum: H44

Towards an Understanding of Actions and Objects: Comparing Humans with Robots

Prof. Dr. Florentin Wörgötter, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Humans are able to perform a wide variety of complex actions manipulating a very large number of objects. We can make predictions on the outcome of our actions and on how to use different objects. Hence, we have excellent action&object understanding. Artificial agents, on the other hand, still miserably fail in this respect. It is particularly puzzling how inexperienced, young humans can acquire such knowledge; bootstrapped by exploration and extended by supervision. Over the last decade we have, therefore, addressed the question how to structure the realm of actions and objects into dynamic representations, which allow for the easy learning of different action and object concepts. More recently, we have extended these frameworks. We are now also trying to understand action prediction and action affordances, too: How fast can you recognize an action and what can you do in a scene? For some of these representations we could experimentally verify that they may correspond to the way how humans interpret actions and objects. Thus, in this talk I would like to present an overview across these different aspects, comparing human- with artificial (robotic) object&action processing.

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Cognitive Neuroscience