Cognitive Science Colloquium on April 20: Professor Heather Sheridan from the University at Albany

Please join us for the Cognitive Colloquium Series: The Perceptual Skill of Experts in Music and Chess: Evidence from Eye Movements on Thursday, April 20th at 5:00pm in Science Hall 181.

A description from Dr. Sheridan:

In this talk, I will discuss how eye tracking methodology can be used to study the remarkable perceptual skill of experts. Specifically, I will discuss how eye tracking can be used to test chunking and template theories of expertise. According to these theories, over the course of many hours of practice, experts learn how to process domain-specific visual stimuli in terms of larger patterns instead of individual features. I’ll discuss a series of experiments that tested these theories using visual search and visual change detection paradigms that were developed in the domains of chess and music. The results from these experiments indicated that both chess and music experts can rapidly shift their attention towards relevant regions of an image and can rapidly encode complex domain-specific visual patterns. I will discuss the implications of these results for chunking and template theories, and I’ll also discuss how these theories could be extended in the future to accommodate the multisensory memory representations of music experts.

This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Campus Auxiliary Services.

If you have any questions, please contact the psychology administrative assistant:


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