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Andrew Elfenbein, “The Humanities and the Science of Comprehension”

Paradigms Lecture 2—Thursday, May 3rd, 4:00-5:30, South Hall 2635, UCSB

On May 3, 2007, Andrew Elfenbein presented the second lecture in the Transliteracies Project’s Paradigms’ Lecture Series: “The Humanities and the Science of Comprehension.”

PowerPoint Presentation

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Video by Sections:

Section 1: Introductory Remarks by Alan Liu
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Section 2: Overview; Traditional Criticism; Enter Cognitive Psychology; Some Possible Caveats
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Section 3: Source Monitoring; Failures of Monitoring; Correlation to Literature?; Result?; Medium Blindness; How Can Medium Not Matter?; Implications
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Section 4: Reader Memory; Causal Density; Implications?; “Past the Middle Effect”; Online Effects; Example; Event Indexing Model; Effects; Relevance?
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Section 5: Reading and Social Psychology; Implications; Trait vs. Situational Models; Reading and Belief; Disarticulation of Levels of Processing; Overvalorization of the Situation Model; Overvalorization of Textbase; On Improving Online Reading; Transliteracies Framework; What Determines Cognitive Interest; Hypermedia Reading; Search the Reader; Defaulting; On-Line Monitoring of Hypermedia; Off-line Effects;
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Section 6: Discussion
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  • Andrew Elfenbein, Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, has been a leader in introducing the perspectives and methods of recent cognitive science to the study of literary texts. His important article on this topic, “Cognitive Science and the History of Reading,” appeared in PMLA 121.2 (2006) 484-500. (Read the Transliteracies Research Report about this article.) Elfenbein is an affiliate member of the U. Minnesota Center for Cognitive Sciences
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