While the languages of the world differ in many respects, they share certain commonalties, which can provide insight on our shared cognition. In a new study Prof. Inbal Arnon and Dr. Ori Lavi-Rotbain explore the learnability consequences of one of the striking commonalities between languages.
It is known that compulsivity is linked to a problem in planning based on a cognitive map of the environment, which is necessary for predicting the consequences of our actions. Paul Sharp, from Dr. Eran Eldar’s lab, found that this problem is associated with a more fundamental impairment in learning the structure of cognitive maps. Paul demonstrated this impairment in three different experiments in collaboration with researchers from University College London.
See full article https://psyarxiv.com/63fq8/(The paper expected to be published at Psychological Medicine).