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Personal profile

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 2018

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

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
  • 14 Invited talk
  • 8 Hosting an academic visitor
  • 7 Oral presentation

The formal analysis and semantic interpretation of pictorial representations

Cohn, N. (Speaker)
16 Mar 201817 Mar 2018

Activity: Invited talkScientific

Markus Huff

Cohn, N. (Host)
10 Oct 2018

Activity: Hosting an academic visitorScientific

Benjamin Bach

Cohn, N. (Host)
26 Sep 2018

Activity: Hosting an academic visitorScientific

A multimodal architecture of language

Cohn, N. (Speaker)
8 Mar 2018

Activity: Invited talkScientific

The grammar of visual narratives.

Cohn, N. (Speaker)
22 Mar 2018

Activity: Invited talkScientific

Prizes / Recognition

Robert J. Glushko Dissertation Prize

Neil Cohn (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)