Sterling Hutchinson

Sterling Hutchinson
Tilburg University | UVT · Tilburg Center for Cognition and Communication "TiCC"

MSc

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Introduction
Sterling Hutchinson is currently a PhD student working in the Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She works primarily with Dr. Max Louwerse in the Multimodal Aspects of Discourse (MAD) Lab. She received her MS in cognitive psychology in 2013, working in the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis.
Additional affiliations
August 2013 - present
Tilburg University
Position
  • PhD
August 2010 - May 2013
The University of Memphis
Position
  • MSc/PhD
August 2008 - May 2010
Northwestern University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
August 2013
Tilburg University
Field of study
August 2010 - May 2013
The University of Memphis
Field of study
  • Experimental Psychology
September 2006 - June 2010
Northwestern University
Field of study
  • Cognitive Science

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Publications (15)
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Knowledge regarding social information is commonly believed to be derived from sources such as formal relationships and interviews and can be plotted as complex networks. We explored whether social networks can also be extracted through other means by using language statistics. In three computational studies we computed first-order and higher-order...
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The cognitive science literature increasingly demonstrates that perceptual representations are activated during conceptual processing. Such findings suggest that the debate on whether conceptual processing is predominantly symbolic or perceptual has been resolved. However, studies too frequently provide evidence for perceptual simulations without a...
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The spatial-numerical association of response codes (SNARC) has shown that parity judgments with participants' left hands yield faster response times (RTs) for smaller numbers than for larger numbers, with the opposite result for right-hand responses. These findings have been explained by participants perceptually simulating magnitude on a mental n...
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Research in cognitive linguistics has emphasized the role of embodiment in metaphor comprehension, with experimental research showing activation of perceptual simulations when processing metaphors. Recent research in conceptual processing has demonstrated that findings attributed to embodied cognition can be explained through language statistics. T...
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There is increasing evidence from response time experiments that language statistics and perceptual simulations both play a role in conceptual processing. In an EEG experiment we compared neural activity in cortical regions commonly associated with linguistic process-ing and visual perceptual processing to determine to what extent symbolic and embo...
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Knowledge regarding social information is thought to be derived from many different sources, such as interviews and formal relationships. Social networks can likewise be generated from such external information. Recent work has demonstrated that statistical linguistic data can explain findings thought to be explained by external factors alone, such...
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The Chinese Room argument describes a thought experiment that suggests that for symbols to become meaningful, they must be grounded in perceptual experiences. Embodied cognition theorists frequently use this argument to claim that cognition requires perceptual simulation. We shed light on the symbol grounding problem by arguing that the structure o...
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Previous studies have demonstrated that comprehension of conceptual metaphors elicits embodied representations. This finding is non-trivial, but begets the question whether alternative explanations are to be dismissed. The current paper shows how a statistical linguistic approach of word co-occurrences can also reliably predict metaphor comprehensi...
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Recent literature in the cognitive sciences has demonstrated that cognition is fundamentally embodied. For instance, various studies have shown that semantic knowledge about the human body correlates with spatial body representations, suggesting that such knowledge is embodied in nature. An alternative explanation for this finding comes from the Sy...
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The spatial-numerical association of response codes (SNARC) effect provides evidence for perceptual simulation of symbols. That is, parity judgments with one's left hand are faster for lower numbers than for higher numbers (with one's right hand, judgments are faster for higher numbers than for lower numbers). A perceptual simulation account of the...

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