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Published on March 28, 2017

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Carol Madden-Lombardi

Position: Research Associate

Company: Inserm u846

Mailing Address:
18 avenue du Doyen Jean Lépine
Bureau E18
69675 - Bron Cedex - France
External Link: www.sbri.fr
E-mail: Carol.Madden@inserm.fr
Phone: +33(0)4 72 91 34 83
Fax: +33(0)4 72 91 34 61

Human and Robot Cognitive Systems - Teams

Research interest

My program of research brings together principles from the strong tradition of cognitive linguistics, the emerging framework of embodied cognition, and pioneering work in humanoid robotics to better understand how we comprehend described events. Our team employs a methodical approach in which (1) the behavior in question is first characterized, (2) the mechanisms that implement that behavior are identified, and (3) this knowledge is used to create an artificial system (derived from human neurophysiology) that can produce the behavior. Following this approach, we first investigate whether assumptions from cognitive linguistics play a role in the representations of described events. We conduct experiments to further articulate the nature and role of these representations within the novel framework of embodied language comprehension, with particular focus on the interaction between the language system and the perceptual system. Finally, we implement these embodied language comprehension findings from human behavioral and neuroscience studies into a model of event comprehension for a humanoid robot.

Jouen AL, Ellmore TM, Madden CJ, Pallier C, Dominey PF, Ventre-Dominey J (2015) Beyond the word and image: characteristics of a common meaning system for language and vision revealed by functional and structural imaging Neuroimage. 2015 Feb 1;106:72-85
Carol Madden-Lombardi, Anne-Lise Jouen, Peter Ford Dominey, Jocelyne Ventre-Dominey (2015) Sequential Coherence in Sentence Pairs Enhances Imagery during Comprehension: An Individual Differences Study PlosOne, 10(9):e013869
Becker RB, Ferretti TR, Madden-Lombardi CJ (2013) Grammatical aspect, lexical aspect, and event duration constrain the availability of events in narratives Cognition, 129:212-220
Madden CJ, Hoen M, Dominey PF (2010) A cognitive neuroscience perspective on embodied language for human–robot cooperation Brain and Lang 112(3): 180-188 download
Madden C, Dijkstra K. (2010) Contextual Constraints in Situation Model Construction: An Investigation of Age and Reading Span. Aging, Neuropsychology, & Cognition, 17(1): 19-34 download
Marmolejo-Ramos F, Elosúa de Juan MR, Gygax P, Madden C, Mosquera Roa S (2009) Reading between the lines: The activation of embodied background knowledge during text comprehension. Pragmatics and Cognition 17(1): 77-107 download
Madden CJ, Therriault DJ (2009) How does verb aspect constrain perceptual representations? Q J Exp Psychol 62(7) : 1294-302 download
Madden CJ, Ferretti TR (2009) Verb Aspect and Event Representation. In The Expression of Time in Language. P. Li & W. Klein (Eds.),
Kaup B, Yaxley RH, Madden CJ, Zwaan RA, Lüdtke J. (2007) Experiential simulations of negated text information Q J Exp Psychol (Colchester). 60(7):976-90 download
Madden CJ, Zwaan RA. (2006) Perceptual representation as a mechanism of lexical ambiguity resolution: An investigation of span and processing time. J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 32(6):1291-303 download
Kaschak MP, Madden CJ, Therriault DJ, Yaxley RH, Aveyard M, Blanchard AA, Zwaan RA. (2005) Perception of motion affects language processing. Cognition. 94(3):B79-89 download
Zwaan RA, Madden CJ (2005) Embodied Sentence Comprehension In: D. Pecher & R.A. Zwaan (Eds.), The Grounding of Cognition: The Role of Perception and Action in Memory, Language, and Thinking. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. download
Zwaan RA, Madden CJ. (2004) Updating situation models. J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn 30(1):283-8; discussion 289-91. download
Dijkstra K, Yaxley RH, Madden CJ, Zwaan RA. (2004) The role of age and perceptual symbols in language comprehension Psychol Aging. 19(2):352-6 download
Zwaan RA, Madden CJ, Yaxley RH, Aveyard ME (2004) Moving words: Dynamic mental representations in language comprehension. Cognitive Science, 28: 611-619. download
Madden CJ, Zwaan RA. (2003) How does verb aspect constrain event representations? Mem Cognit 31(5):663-72 download
Madden CJ, Zwaan RA. (2001) The impact of smoking urges on working memory performance. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 9(4):418-24 download
Zwaan RA, Madden CJ, Stanfield RA (2001) Time in narrative comprehension. In: D.H. Schram & G.J. Steen (Eds.), Psychology and Sociology of Literature. (pp.71-86). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. download
Zwaan RA, Stanfield RA, Madden CJ. (2000) How persistent is the effect of smoking urges on cognitive performance? Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 8(4):518-23. download
Zwaan RA, Madden CJ, Whitten SN (2000) The presence of an event in the narrated situation affects its activation. Mem Cogn 28: 1022-28 download
Zwaan RA, Stanfield RA, Madden CJ (1999) Perceptual symbols in language comprehension: can an empirical case be made? Behav Brain Sci 22: 636-637. download