Gilles Vannuscorps

Gilles Vannuscorps

Postgraduate Research Fellow
Gilles Vannuscorps

Every day, we see dozens of objects having a particular shape, color, motion and so forth as well as people raising their arms, turning their wrists, opening their mouths and grasping objects. Immediately, and without conscious effort, we identify these objects and these body movements as instances of “a car”, “a pen”, “a dog”, “drinking”, or “writing” and retrieve conceptual knowledge about these categories (i.e., concepts) such as what is the usual function of a car, the living habits of a dog, or the probable purpose and results of the observed movements. I am interested in how the human mind and brain achieves this process of comprehension. My main methodological approach to this issue is the single case study of brain-damaged patients and of participants with atypical sensory-motor development.

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