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dr. P.H. (Pieter) de Vries

Assistant Professor
dr. P.H. (Pieter) de Vries
Consultation by appointment:

Since my dissertation on the representation of scientific texts in knowledge graphs (1989, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Groningen UG), my main research topic has been the self-organisation of cognitive processes in the brain. At the UG’s Department of Experimental Psychology, together with the now retired theoretical physicist Dr. Gerhard Dalenoort, I developed a general model for cognition, integrating knowledge from different levels of description. Even today, the model is one of the few theoretical, cognitive frameworks that, through the years, has consistently worked out Hebb’s cell-assembly hypothesis. Characteristic of the chosen model is that cognitive studies provide important top-down constraints for biologically plausible mechanisms of learning and development. Belonging to the relatively scarce species of researchers knowledgeable in computer science, biologically plausible self-organisation, and experimental cognitive psychology, I designed computer simulations of the model in relation to new cognitive experiments on letter and word recognition, change blindness, and the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon. In collaboration with my colleague Berry Wijers, ERP studies on word recognition have been conducted.

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