Perceptual Science Series

The Structure of Lives

Dr. Michael Kubovy

Monday, November 14, 2016, 12:00pm - 01:00pm

University of Virginia, Department of Psychology

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Psychology has always treated behavior and experience as embedded in a unidimensional flow in time, the “stream of behavior”. This means that events and actions occupy non-overlapping time-intervals in this stream. There is reason to believe that the structure of lives is richer and more interesting. I describe this structure as a composite of nearly independent strands that run concurrently, and are asynchronous. This is a “deep structure” of lives in contrast to the current conception, which treat lives as if they were “flat”. I will present an ontology of lives, and its application to LifeMaps, a smartphone platform under development.

Dr. Michael Kubovy