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Dr Ryan Blything


My research focuses on the ability to generalize existing knowledge to new contexts. As part of my post-doctoral research at University of Bristol, I investigate generalization in a range of domains, including visual word recognition, spoken word recognition, and visual object recognition. The project investigates what representations underlie the human brain’s ability to generalize and the extent to which these representations support generalization. I will relate these findings to predictions made by symbolic and non-symbolic neural networks with a view to examining whether symbolic representations are required for human-like generalization.

Previous Publications:

Blything R.P., Ambridge B, Lieven EVM (2018). Children’s Acquisition of the English Past-Tense: Evidence for a Single Route Account from Novel Verb Production Data. Cognitive Science. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1111/cogs.12581

Ambridge, B.A. & Blything, R.P. (2015). A Connectionist Model of the Retreat from Verb-argument structure overgeneralizations. Journal of Child Language, 1-32.

Blything R.P., Ambridge B, Lieven E.V.M. (2014). Children Use Statistics and Semantics in the Retreat from Overgeneralization. PLoS ONE 9(10): e110009.


Peter, M., Chang, F., Pine, J., Blything, R., & Rowland, C. (2015). When and how do children develop knowledge of verb argument structure? Evidence from verb bias effects in a structural priming task. Journal of Memory and Language, 81, 1-15.



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