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Event Models

Realistic Depictions


Open-ended project


Budget resources of KMRC


basketballThere is evidence from event cognition literature that meaningful events (e.g. preparing a cup of tea or a tactical move in a basketball play) are mentally represented in an abstract way in which surface details are no longer included. In contrast, meaningless "random events" (like white dots moving in an arbitrary way) that lack semantic coherence are represented in a more "literal" manner. So far, basic mechanisms of spatial cognition have concentrated on random constellations or random events. The current projects aim to extend this line of research to semantically coherent events. Based on theories of event cognition, it is expected that the spatial characteristics of such meaningful events are cognitively processed in ways that differ fundamentally from those of meaningless random events.


  • Jeff Zacks, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA


  • Garsoffky, B., Schwan, S., & Huff, M. (2009). Canonical views of dynamic scenes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance , 35 (1), 17-27.
  • Huff, M., & Schwan, S. (2008). Verbalizing events: Overshadowing or facilitation? Memory & Cognition, 36 (2), 392-402.
  • Garsoffky, B., Huff, M. & Schwan, S. (2007). Changing viewpoints during dynamic events. Perception, 36(3), 366-374. Perception Paper Link
  • Garsoffky, B., Schwan, S., & Hesse, F. W. (2002). Viewpoint dependency in the recognition of dynamic scenes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 28 (6), 1035-1050.