Jules Davidoff, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Culture (CCCC) at Goldsmiths, University of London, comes to Senate House Library on Monday, 2 November to give a talk from 18.00-19.00. The author of several books including the seminal Cognition through Color (MIT Press, 1991) and numerous articles, Davidoff’s research centers on the mental representation of objects and clarifying the relationship between our perception, retrieval and memory.
One of the perceptual conundrums researched by psychologists going back to Joseph Jastrow (1863-1944) and is on display in the Library’s Convocation Hall until 19 December.
His talk, Following Rivers: Discovering Ways of Seeing will bring into focus elements of his research:
‘At the turn of the 20th century, an expedition set forth from Cambridge UK to the remote Torres Straits to investigate whether experience could alter perception. One of its members (WHR Rivers) reported their results on vision. Remarkable differences were found by Rivers between native groups there and UK natives but the difficulties of carrying out field investigations made for uncertain outcomes. Over the next 100 years, others have tried to overcome the methodological problems so as to unravel those remarkable differences. However, the conclusion that experience can alter perception will remain controversial unless we are clear about what is meant by a way of seeing. Differences in perception because of physiological differences (e.g., eyesight or cone function) should not be called different ways of seeing. However, evidence for truly different ways of seeing comes by making distinctions such as perception for discrimination (universal) versus perception for categorisation (cultural).’
Any questions can be sent to the event Curator, Colin J.P. Homiski. Attendance is free and open to the public but registration via Eventbrite is required due to space limitations. Get your free ticket at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/following-rivers-discovering-ways-of-seeing-tickets-18570362454