Charles Davis

Program: Perception, Action, Cognition
Advisor: Eiling Yee
Anticipated Graduation: 2020
Education: BA Psychology (minor Philosophy), Brock University
Research Interests: How is meaning represented in the brain? I am interested in semantic representation in language, and the neural circuits that support these representations. My current work is investigating the representation of abstract concepts, looking at the interaction of semantic and episodic memory in the processing of abstract concepts, and the role of the hippocampus in this relation. I am also interested in the distributed representation of semantic memory across sensorimotor areas of the brain (the extent to which sensory, perceptual, and motor areas are involved in processing language), and how these ideas map onto language creation and, from an evolutionary perspective, non-human communication.
Representative Publications:
  • Davis, C. P., Libben, G., & Segalowitz, S. J. (under review). Compounding matters: The P100 as an index of semantic access to compound words.

 

  • Libben, G., Davis, C. P., & Segalowitz, S. J. (2016, February). Compound words, semantic transparency, and metaphors for morphological representations in the brain. Presented at International Morphology Meeting 17, Vienna, Austria.  

 

  • Davis, C. P., Libben, G., & Segalowitz, S. J. (2014). Compounding matters: The P1 as an index of semantic access to compound words. Psychophysiology, 51(Suppl 1), S34.

 

  • Davis, C. P., Libben, G., & Segalowitz, S. J. (2014, September). Morphological transcendence: Morphemic boundary ambiguity produces conflict at the N4. Presented at the 9th International Meeting on the Mental Lexicon, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada.
Vita:  Davis, C – CV