In this paper we want to examine what kind of relationship exists between two semiotic systems, word and picture, and the formats of conceptual representation linked to them: propositional thinking and mental imagery. The specific aim of this research is to explore the characteristics of the representation and organization of knowledge referring to the meaning of an input-word (¿elephant¿), which we have considered in both types of communication: verbalization and graphic representation. The current study analyzes the verbalizations and the graphic representations of 75 pre-school children when using the input-word ¿elephant¿. Data seem to match the hypothesis of differentiation, according to which language plays the role of a filter, so that the choice of a language (verbal or iconic) activates preferential connections to the format of representation more similar to it.
|Title of host publication||Neural Nets|
|Editors||M Marinaro, R Tagliaferri, B Apolloni|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
|Name||LECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE|
- Mental images