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Embodied and Abstract Concepts in Sensory-motor Deprivation

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Project "EACISD" data sheet

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postcode: 84105

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 Coordinator Country Israel [IL]
 Project website
 Total cost 263˙385 €
 EC max contribution 263˙385 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2019-04-30


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 Project objective

How is information organized in the brain? Does our understanding of everyday concepts rely on our perceptual experience, and our ability to sense them? And can this uncover how abstract information is coded in our brains? These puzzles are at core of cognitive neuroscience and brain organization. Two major theoretical bodies differ in their account of neural concept organization: Classical cognitive theories propose that concepts are symbolic and non-sensory, and are further linked to sensory-motor aspects, whereas embodied cognition theories (e.g. mirror neuron system theory) postulate that concepts are represented only in a sensory-motor manner, and representations depend on the ability to simulate, re-enact, its perceptual process or action. To address this contradictory account of concepts organization, a systematic interdisciplinary neuroimaging investigation will be conducted in a combination of special populations, each deprived from birth from an entire sensory modality or ability. The neural correlates of impossible-to-embody concepts will be studied in congenitally blind (e.g. rainbow), deaf (e.g. jazz) and ULD subjects (born without functional hands; e.g. manually handles tools). Brain responses will be analyzed using multiple, state-of-the-art neuroimaging decoding techniques to reveal brain areas representation content and dependence on sensory experience. The neural networks of such concepts will be charted, to investigate the link between abstract thought and sensory inputs. A novel non-linear measurement method to quantity the richness of representations will be developed and applied to the sensorily-deprived groups, to map the dimensions related to specific sensory modalities. At the final stage, these methods will also be applied to study the developing brain in children. The findings have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of brain organization and pave the road towards rehabilitation of multiple sensory and cognitive deficits.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Yuval Hart, Hagar Goldberg, Ella Striem-Amit, Avraham E. Mayo, Lior Noy, Uri Alon
Creative exploration as a scale-invariant search on a meaning landscape
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07715-8
Nature Communications 9/1 2020-01-29
2018 Ella Striem-Amit, Xiaoying Wang, Yanchao Bi, Alfonso Caramazza
Neural representation of visual concepts in people born blind
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07574-3
Nature Communications 9/1 2020-01-29
2018 Ella Striem-Amit, Gilles Vannuscorps, Alfonso Caramazza
Plasticity based on compensatory effector use in the association but not primary sensorimotor cortex of people born without hands
published pages: 7801-7806, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1803926115
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115/30 2020-01-29
2018 Gilles Vannuscorps, Moritz F Wurm, Ella Striem-Amit, Alfonso Caramazza
Large-Scale Organization of the Hand Action Observation Network in Individuals Born Without Hands
published pages: , ISSN: 1047-3211, DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhy212
Cerebral Cortex 2020-01-29
2017 Ella Striem-Amit, Gilles Vannuscorps, Alfonso Caramazza
Sensorimotor-independent development of hands and tools selectivity in the visual cortex
published pages: 4787-4792, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1620289114
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114/18 2020-01-29
2015 Benedetta Heimler, Ella Striem-Amit, Amir Amedi
Origins of task-specific sensory-independent organization in the visual and auditory brain: neuroscience evidence, open questions and clinical implications
published pages: 169-177, ISSN: 0959-4388, DOI: 10.1016/j.conb.2015.09.001
Current Opinion in Neurobiology 35 2020-01-29
2016 Ella Striem-Amit, Jorge Almeida, Mario Belledonne, Quanjing Chen, Yuxing Fang, Zaizhu Han, Alfonso Caramazza, Yanchao Bi
Topographical functional connectivity patterns exist in the congenitally, prelingually deaf
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep29375
Scientific Reports 6/1 2020-01-29
2018 Ella Striem-Amit, Gilles Vannuscorps, Alfonso Caramazza
Plasticity based on compensatory effector use in the association but not primary sensorimotor cortex of people born without hands
published pages: 7801-7806, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1803926115
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115/30 2020-01-29

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