Pictures and Words: Analogies and Specificity in Knowledge Organization

Paola Colombo, Carla Antoniotti, Maria Rita Ciceri

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeural Nets
EditorsM Marinaro, R Tagliaferri, B Apolloni
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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  • Mental images
  • languages
  • pictures
  • words


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