Impedance effects of visual and spatial content upon language-to-logic translation accuracy

Dave Barker-Plummer, Robert Dale, Richard Cox

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There is a body of work that suggests that those elements of the cognitive architecture responsible for processing, on the one hand, visual information (essentially visual properties of objects), and, on the other hand, spatial information (spatial relationships between objects), may compete with each other for resources. In this paper, we explore whether and to what degree the processing of visual and spatial information interferes with the task of translation from natural language into logic, a skill that students often find difficult to master. Using a large corpus of student data, we determine correlations between difficulty and the particular properties used in the sentences, with implications for pedagogical design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCogsci 2011
Subtitle of host publication33rd Conference of Cognitive Science Society : 20-23 July 2011, Boston, Massachusetts : proceedings
PublisherCurran Associates
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781618390974
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventCognitive Science Society (U.S.) Conference (33rd : 2011) - Boston
Duration: 20 Jul 201123 Jul 2011


ConferenceCognitive Science Society (U.S.) Conference (33rd : 2011)


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