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Research interests

My research explores the structure and cognition of drawings and visual narratives. In particular, my work argues that drawings and sequential images are structured and processed using similar principles and mechanisms as verbal and signed languages. My work explores these "visual languages" across all levels of structure. I use linguistic theory to detail the structure of these systems, and corpus analysis to examine how they differ across cultures. Finally, I use psychological methods of experimentation, primarily cognitive neuroscience (EEG), to examine how people's brains process individual and sequential images.

My work can be found online at: http://www.visuallanguagelab.com

Career

2014-2015. Postdoctoral Fellow. Institute for Neural Computation, UCSD.
2012-2013. Postdoctoral Fellow. Center for Research in Language, UCSD. (Advisors: Marta KutasJeff Elman)

Current courses

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External positions

Consultation and promotion (LingoZING Holdings LTD)

1 Jul 2015 → …

Keywords

  • visual language
  • visual narrative
  • multimodality
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • linguistics
  • cross-modal cognition
  • drawing
  • visual communication

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Research Output 2003 2019

Cognition
Visual Languages
Visual Narrative
Language
Cross-cultural Differences

(Pea)nuts and bolts of visual narrative: structure and meaning in sequential image comprehension

Cohn, N., Paczynski, M., Jackendoff, R., Holcomb, P. J. & Kuperberg, G. R., Aug 2012, In : Cognitive Psychology. 65, 1, p. 1-38 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Nuts (fasteners)
Peas
Bolts
comprehension
Semantics

The grammar of visual narrative: Neural evidence for constituent structure in sequential image comprehension

Cohn, N., Jackendoff, R., Holcomb, P. J. & Kuperberg, G. R., Nov 2014, In : Neuropsychologia. 64, p. 63-70 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Language
Music

Explaining 'I Can't Draw': Parallels between the Structure and Development of Language and Drawing

Cohn, N., 2012, In : Human Development. 55, 4, p. 167-192 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

2 Downloads (Pure)

What is your neural function, visual narrative conjunction? Grammar, meaning, and fluency in sequential image processing

Cohn, N. & Kutas, M., 2017, In : Cognitive research: principles and implications. 2, 1, p. 27

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File
Language

Activities 2016 2018

  • 15 Publication peer-review
  • 15 Invited talk
  • 8 Hosting an academic visitor
  • 8 Oral presentation

John Bateman

Neil Cohn (Host)
12 Sep 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitorScientific

The formal analysis and semantic interpretation of pictorial representations

Neil Cohn (Speaker)
16 Mar 201817 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Rabia Ergin

Neil Cohn (Host)
11 Apr 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitorScientific

Benjamin Bach

Neil Cohn (Host)
26 Sep 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitorScientific

Press / Media

The Language of Comics

Neil Cohn

7/05/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

Back to the Caveman: Are Emojis Replacing Words?

Neil Cohn

10/07/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The psychology of comics.

Neil Cohn

1/03/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

All smilies; are emoji meanings changing how we date?

Neil Cohn

2/05/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Power of Digital-Comic Therapy in Schools

Neil Cohn

1/05/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Prizes / Recognition