Claremont Discourse, Nov. 11 - Seeing You Through Me: Using Our Own Bodies to Perceive Others

Catherine L. Reed, Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience, Claremont McKenna College
Wednesday, November 11th, 4:15pm

Humans are social creatures who depend on human interaction. We need to recognize that objects in the world are human and we need to know what these humans are doing. Relative to most other objects, two humans are a lot alike. Most people have the same body parts that move in the same way. Professor Catherine Reed, a cognitive neuroscientist at CMC's Department of Psychology, argues that these correspondences between our bodies and other people's lead to visual processing efficiencies that allow us to recognize more quickly the postures and actions of others. Further, people who do not develop these processing efficiencies may have social deficits such as those observed in autism.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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