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{{CogPsy} Lawrence W. Barsalou, born on November 3, 1951 in San Diego (California/USA), is a psychologist and a cognitive scientist. He is currently Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University.


He received a bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1981. Since then, Barsalou has also held faculty positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Chicago.

His work addresses the nature of human knowledge, and its roles in perception, memory, language, and thought. The current theme of his research is that the human conceptual system is grounded in the brain’s modality-specific systems. Specific topics of interest include whether (and if so how) modality-specific systems implement symbolic operations and abstract concepts. Other lines of research address the situated character of knowledge, the dynamic online construction of conceptual representations, the development of ad hoc categories to support goal achievement, the structure of knowledge, and category learning.

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Perceptual symbol systems. (1999) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22, 577-609.
  • Cognitive psychology: An overview for cognitive scientists. (1992) Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

External linksEdit


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