Interactive Cognition Lab
Language at the Intersection of Perception, Action, and Technology
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What we do
The Interactive Cognition Lab in the Cognitive and Information Sciences Program at the University of California, Merced, researches language at the intersection of perception, action and technology. We investigate how literal and non-literal language interacts with spatial reasoning, visual processing, and physical movement. We conduct experiments on everyday language use, including spatial descriptions, metaphorical language, and gesture. We also study how people conceptualize numbers and abstract information. Current topics include fictive motion, social distance, numbers, grammatical aspect, and framing effects in political language. Our lab also explores language and thought in technological settings, such as web use and interaction in 3D virtual environments.