Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Check out this amazing video of Bob Hoskins clowning around on a blue-screen stage to do the Toon Town scene of Who Frame Roger Rabbit.  Early blue-screen cinema, I guess, so he doesn't even really have props or sight guides to play off against.

I can't remember where I saw this, possibly Important If True, back when that was a thing.

New preprint: "Understanding the role of linguistic distributional knowledge in cognition"

I have recently submitted a paper based on some work I have been doing at my job at the Embodied Cognition Lab at Lancaster University. In it, we look at a large set of linguistic distributional models commonly used in cognitive psychology, evaluating each on a benchmark behavioural dataset.

Linguistic distributional models are computer models of knowledge, which learn representations of words and their associations from statistical regularities in huge collections of natural language text, such as databases of TV subtitles. These models can then perform various tasks which rely on language, including acting as models of human semantic memory, which is how we're evaluating them.

A preprint of the report is available on Psyarxiv.

New(ish) paper: "Entrainment to the CIECAM02 and CIELAB colour appearance models in the human cortex"

Not so long ago I had a paper published in Vision Research.  It's on some work I did some years ago with my friend and collaborator Andrew Thwaites.  In it we look at the entrainment of magnetoencephalographic activity in early visual cortex to colour information in visual stimulus using two competing computational models of colour.  In other words, when and where people's brainwaves directly track the colour of moving images they were seeing on a screen, using two theories about how colour could be represented in the brain.

The paper is in Elsevier's "open archive", which hopefully means you can read it for free.  If not, hit me up.

I don't talk about my work too much here, but if you're interested you can read more about what I do on my more professional website.

How to link to a specific scene in a Hype document

If you've made a multi-scene Hype document which is hosted online as a web page, you can link directly to a named scene in that document using this handy script:

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