Colin Wilson's scientific contributions

Publications (2)

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Despite the importance of programming to modern society, the cognitive and neural bases of code comprehension are largely unknown. Programming languages might 'recycle' neurocognitive mechanisms originally used for natural languages. Alternatively, comprehension of code could depend on fronto-parietal networks shared with other culturally derived s...
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Computer programming is a recent cultural invention that makes use of neural circuits evolved for other cognitive domains. In this study, we investigated the neural basis underlying code comprehension. While undergoing fMRI, eleven expert-programmers (>5 years of experience) performed a code comprehension task and four non-programming tasks previo...