YANSS 169 – How scientists use children’s drawings, round rooms, and cave paintings to better understand how minds struggle to share their inner worlds

Moira Dillon studies how “the physical world in which we live shapes the abstract world in which we think,” and in this episode we travel to her Lab for the Developing Mind at NYU to sit down and ask her a zillion questions about how the brain creates the reality we interact with, and how we attempt to communicate that reality to others through language, art, geometry, and mathematics.

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Moira Dillon studies how the brain uses spatial reasoning to locate objects in her “round room” at NYU

In the show, we ask: How does an organism communicate what it is experiencing in a symbolic medium so that can transfer that information from one mind to another?

You will learn all about Dillon’s work studying children’s (and adults’) drawings, spatial reasoning inside her special “round room” at NYU, and “infants’ sensitivity to shape changes in 2D visual forms,” all of which illuminate like never before how we turn objective reality into our personal, and sometimes agreed-upon, abstract hallucinations.

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