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Jim Davies
Primary area of expertise
Cognitive Science
Short biographical note
Jim Davies is a cognitive scientist and author of Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One With the Universe, to be released August 5, 2014 from Palgrave Macmillan.

He is an award-winning associate professor at Carleton University's Institute of Cognitive Science and director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory.

My current research focuses on regularities in human imagination. I approach
cognitive science through artificial intelligence: I create computer models of
visualization. My goal is to create a computer program that imagines visual scenes the
same way people do, with the same content in the same places.

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