Research Overview: Core knowledge
"Core knowledge" refers to a set of cognitive systems that appear very early in human development, universally across cultures, and are often preserved to some
degree by natural selection (thus appearing in primate species). Some examples are an understanding of basic object mechanics, numbers, other people's mental states,
and even social categories (e.g. "my group" vs. "outsider").
My research asks how core knowledge continues to operate into adulthood in automatic and unconscious ways. I have made a range of recent discoveries showing, in
particular, that core knowledge structures automatically guide adult processes of language, memory, visual attention, and higher level reasoning. I also look at
how such structures develop through childhood.
Event types in adult visual perception
+ Strickland, B., & Scholl, B. (accepted pending minor revisions). Visual perception involves event type representations: The case of containment vs. occlusion.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
The perception of causality
+ Strickland, B., & Keil, F. (2011). Event completion: Event based inferences distort memory in a matter of seconds. Cognition 121(3), 409-415.
+ Strickland, B.*, Kominsky J.*, & Keil, F. (under review). Sensitivity to Newtonian mechanical regularities in causal perception: Evidence from attention.
The interaction between the "intentionality bias" and language
+ Strickland, B., Fisher, M., Knobe, J., & Keil, F. (accepted pending minor revisions). Syntax and intentionality : An automatic link between between language and theory-of-mind. Cognition.
+ Peyroux, E., Strickland, B., Tapiero, I., & Franck, N. (accepted pending minor revisions). The intentionality bias in Schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research.
+ Strickland, B., Fisher, M., & Knobe, J (2012). Moral structure falls out of event structure. Psychological Inquiry, 23, 198-205.
+ Strickland, B., Fisher, M., Peyroux., E., Keil, F. (2011). Syntactic biases in intentionality judgments. Proceedings of the Thirty-Third Annual-
Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
The role of core cognition in structuring the language system
+ Strickland, B. (in press). Language reflects "core" cognition: A new hypothesis about the origins of cross linguistic regularities. Cognitive Science.
+ Strickland, B., & Chemla, E. (under review). Cross-linguistic regularities reflect core mechanics.
The development of theory-of-mind
+ Helming, K., Strickland, B. & Jacob, P. (in press). Making sense of early false belief understanding. Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
Deep seated biases in scientific reasoning
+ Strickland, B., & Mercier, M. (in press). Bias Neglect: A blindspot in the evaluation of scientific results. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
+ Strickland, B., & Suben, A. (2012). Experimenter philosophy: The problem of experimenter bias in experimental philosophy. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 3(3), 457-467.