Dr. Kurt Stocker

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ETH Zurich


Chair of Cognitive Science

Dr. Kurt Stocker

Project Leader Embodied Cognition

Clausiusstrasse 59
RZ

8092 Zürich

Switzlerland

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Research Interests

 

  • developing a unified theory for cognition
  • embodied space, time, causality, and perspective
  • ocular (oculomotor, pupillometric) and neural correlates of cognition
  • embodied cognition and psychological disorders

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Submitted June 29, 2015: Habilitation, Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Special Education/German Linguistics, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2003
  • Master of Arts, Sign Linguistics, University of Durham, England, 1997
  • Arts & Science Diploma, Psychology (Major), Langara College (Vancouver), Canada, 1993

 

Academic positions

  • Project Leader Embodied Cognition, Chair of Cognitive Science, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
  • Project Leader “Ocular Mental Time in PTSD”, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
  • Project Leader Theoretical, Empirical, and Applied Psychology (TEAPS), Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
  • Project Leader Theoretical Psychology, Department of Psychology, Neuropsychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, USA (Host and consultant: Prof. Dr. Leonard Talmy; further consultant: Prof. Dr. Steven Pinker, Harvard University)
  • Project Leader Applied Cognitive Science, Institute for Special Education (now Institute for Educational Science), University of Zurich, Switzerland

 

Teaching

  • University of Bern, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Proseminar “Mit dem Körper denken: Wie Augen- und Körperbewegungen mit unseren Kognitionen interagieren” (Thinking with the body: How eye and body movements interact with our cognition), 2016 – (starts in the  spring semester).
  • University of Fribourg, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Biopsychology, Block Seminar “How the eyes and our body structure thought and emotion” (tentative title), 2016 – (starts in the spring semester).
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich ETH, Cognitive Science, Seminar “Embodied Cognition,” 2015– .
  • University of Zurich, Department of Psychology, Seminar “Psychotraumatologie und Embodiment” (Psychotraumtology and Embodiment), 2015– (every fall semester)
  • University of Bern, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Proseminar “Embodied cognition: Wie Sensorik und Motorik Denken und Gefühle beeinflussen” (Embodied Cognition: How the Sensory and Motor Systems Influence Thought and Emotion), 2015– .
  • University of Konstanz, Department of Psychology, Seminar “Embodiment und klinische Psychologie” (Embodiment and Clinical Psychology), 2015– .
  • University of Freiburg (im Breisgau), Center for Cognitive Science, Seminar “Verkörperte Kognition: Strukturierung von Denken und Emotion durch das sensorische und motorische System” (Structuring of Thought and Emotion by the Sensory and Motor System),  2015– .
  • University of Zurich, Department of Psychology, Seminar “Embodiment und klinische Psychologie” (Embodiment and Clinical Psychology), 2015– (every fall semester).
  • University of Zurich, Faculty of Medicine, Verhaltensneurologisches Kolloquium, Neuropsychology (Behavioral Neurology Colloquium, Neuropsychologie),  “Embodiment und Verhaltensneurologie” (Embodiment and Behavioral Neurology), 2015.
  • University of Zurich, Institute for Special Education (now Institute for Educational Science), University of Zurich, Lectures “Probleme bei der Versprachlichung des Denkens: Diagnose, Prognose, Intervention” (Problems with the verbalization of thinking: Diagnosis, prognosis, intervention) and “Spracherwerb und Sprachtherapie”  (Language acquisition and language therapy), 2008–2009.
  • University of Zurich, Institute for Special Education (now Institute for Educational Science), University of Zurich, Lecture “Bilingualismus in der Gehörlosenpädagogik” (Bilingualism in deaf education), 1999.

 

Other scientific activities

  • Developer of a child development program for children with special needs in the area of language and cognition (“Visual-Verbal Transfer”), Center for Hearing and Language, Zurich, Switzerland. In collaboration with the Institute for Educational Science, Special Research Unit, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2001–2009.
  • Invited short-term researcher, Department of Otolaryngology, Kanazawa University School of Medicine, Japan (Hosts: Prof. Dr. Mitsuru Furukawa and Prof. Dr. Masako Notoya), 2000.

 

Grants

  • OPO Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland, "Ocular Mental Time in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder" (CHF 51’000. / $ 55,140), 2015–2016 (U. Schnyder, K. Stocker).
  • Cogito Foundation, Wollerau, Switzerland, “Theoretical Psychology” (CHF 109’800. / $ 119,166), 2013–2014 (K. Stocker)
  • René und Susanne Braginksy-Stiftung, Promotion of Science and Art, Zurich, Switzerland, “Habilitation Project (CHF 5’000 / $ 5,456), 2012 (K. Stocker).
  • Nachwuchsförderung/Stiefel-Zangger-Stiftung (Funding for Individuals and Projects), “Conceptual and neural structure of mental time in memory and imagination” (CHF 55’700 / $63,066), 2011 (K. Stocker).
  • Nachwuchsförderung/Stiefel-Zangger-Stiftung (Funding for Individuals and Projects), University of Zurich. Switzerland, “Linguistic concept structuring of time: Nature, learnability, and atypical development” (CHF 49’400 / $47,495), 2010 (K. Stocker).

 

 

Publications of Dr. Kurt Stocker

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Stocker, K. (forthcoming). Place Cells and Human Consciousness: A Force-Dynamic Account. Journal of Consciousness Studies.

Stocker, K., Hartmann, M., Martarelli, C. S., & Mast, F. W. (in press). Eye movements reveal mental looking through time. Cognitive Science.

Stocker, K. (2015). Toward an embodied cognitive semantics. Cognitive Semantics, 1(2), 178–212.

Hartmann, M., Martarelli, C. S., Mast, F. W., & Stocker, K. (2014). Eye movements during mental time travel follow a diagonal line. Consciousness and Cognition, 30, 201–209.

Stocker, K. (2014). The elements of cause and effect. International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics, 5(2), 121–145.

Stocker, K. (2014). Mental perspective in multiple-event memory and foresight. Journal of Cognitive Science, 15(1), 57–95.

Stocker, K. (2014). The theory of cognitive spacetime. Metaphor and Symbol, 29(2), 71–93.

Stocker, K. (2013). Digital causal cognition. International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics, 4(1), 9–34.

Stocker, K. (2012). Toward an embodiment-disembodiment taxonomy. Cognitive Processing, 13, S347–S350.

Stocker K. (2012). The time machine in our mind. Cognitive Science, 36(3), 385–420.

 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Articles

Stocker, K. (2013). Complex Mental Time Travel. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 3468– 3473). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

 

Books and Electronic Publications

Casasanto, D. & Stocker, K. (2013, August 8). A spatial path to mental time travel in humans [editor-approved online comment on Corballis, M.C. (2013) Mental time travel: A case for evolutionary continuity. Trends Cogn. Sci. 17, 5–6]. Retrieved from http://www.cell.com/trends/cognitive-sciences/comments/S1364-6613(12)00245-8.

Stocker, K. (2009). Visuell-Verbaler Transfer: 50 Frühförderungsspiele für die Bereiche Kognition und Sprache (Visual-Verbal Transfer: 50 early-developmental games for the areas cognition and language). http://sites.google.com/site/visualverbaltransfer/ (website).Nov

Stocker, K. (2002a). Die Praxis der deutschen Frühstschriftsprache (Application of a very early acquisition program for German written language). Luzern: Schweizerische Zentralstelle für Heilpädagogik (e-book).

Stocker, K. (2002b). Spracherwerb beim hörgeschädigten Kind: Cochlea-Implantat, Gebärden und Frühstschriftsprache (Language acquisition in the deaf or hard-of-hearing child: Cochlear implant, signs, and very early written language). ISP-Universität Zürich, Bd. 7. Luzern: Edition SZH.

 

Guest Seminars, Guest Lectures, Colloquia , Conference Talks and Other Talks

Invited talk, interdisciplinary workshop “Disturbed futures: Psychopathology of time between philosophy and psychiatry”, Collegium Helveticum, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich: “Disturbed Future Thinking and Embodied Perspectives,” forthcoming, November 2015.

Research Colloquium, University Hospital Zurich, Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy: “Ocular mental time in posttraumatic stress disorder” (Project: K. Stocker, M. Pfaltz,  P. Brugger, C. Bockisch, U. Schnyder; talk by: K. Stocker, C. Bockisch)

Invited talk, ETIZ (Eye Tracking Interest Group Zurich) meeting, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich: “The ocular mind,” September 2015.

Colloquium, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Department of Psychology, Section Experimental Psychology: “Verkörperte Raumzeit” (Embodied Spacetime), April 2015.

Colloquium, University of Freiburg (im Breisgau), Center for Cognitive Science: “Okulare Wahrnehmung von Raum und Zeit” (Ocular Perception of Space and Time), February 2015.

Seminar, University of Oslo, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Oslo: “Mental geometry and perspective in spacetime, memory, and foresight: Theoretical, empirical, and applied considerations,,” January 2014.

Talk, Netzwerk Gebärdensprache (sign language network), University of Zurich, Department of Psychology: “Gebärdensprache als Fenster in unsere Gedankenstruktur? (Sign language as a window into our structure of thought?), January 2014.

Colloquium, University of Zurich, Department of Psychology, Neuropsychology: “Spatialized time perception: Oculomotor and neural aspects”, December 2013.

Lab Meeting (together with M. Hartmann), University of Bern, Department of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology: “Embodied Time”, March 2013.

Colloquium, University of Zurich, Department of Psychology, Neuropsychology: “Theoretical Psychology”, March 2013.

Peer-reviewed oral presentation, 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition: “Mental spacetime and embodiment” (Sapienza – Università di Roma, Dipartimento di Psicologia, Italy), September 2012.

Peer-reviewed oral presentation, 11th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference: “Talmyan concept structuring as an entree to mental time” (Xi’an International Studies University, China), July 2011.

Approved blitz oral presentation, 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Perspective and Embodiment Workshop, Boston, USA:  “Perspective and disembodiment?”, July 2011.

Seminar, University of California at Berkeley, Cognitive and Brain Sciences Seminar Series, Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences: “Mental time imagery”, February 2011.

Colloquium, University of Zurich, Department of Psychology, Neuropsychology: “The imagistic time machine in our mind: How shall we proceed from mental to neural structure?”, January 2011.

Colloquium, University of Zurich, Institute for Educational Science: “Probleme bei der Versprachlichung des Denkens: Diagnose und Intervention” (Problems with the verbalization of thinking: Diagnosis and intervention), May 2010.

Half-day guest lecture, University of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education, Zurich: Trilingualismus und Frühstschriftsprache in der Gehörlosenpädagogik (Trilingualism and very early written language in deaf education), May 2006.

Half-day guest lecture, University of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education, Zurich: Trilingualismus und Frühstschriftsprache in der Gehörlosenpädagogik (Trilingualism and very early written language in deaf education), February 2003.

 

Conference and Workshop Posters (With Peer-Reviewed Abstracts)

Stocker, K. (2014). Conglomerate cognitive spacetime. Poster presented at the international and interdisciplinary workshop “Conscious experience of time: Its significance and interpretation in neuroscience and philosophy,” Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

Stocker, K. (2013). Complex mental time travel. Poster presented at 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2013), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

Stocker, K. (2013). Cognitive scanning along a static concrete object: Why “fictive motion” is not a figurative mental phenomenon. Poster presented at 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2013), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

Stocker, K. (2012). Toward an embodiment-disembodiment taxonomy. Poster presented at 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition (ICSC 2012), Sapienza -- Università di Roma, Dipartimento di Psicologia, Italy.

 

Theses

Stocker, K. (submitted June 29, 2015). The ocular mind: A new theory on the nature of human thought and its implications. Habilitation thesis, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Stocker, K. (2003). Cochlea-Implantat, Gebärden und Frühstschriftsprache: Auseinandersetzung mit der Frühförderung hörgeschädigter Kinder unter spezieller Berücksichtigung einer neuen Art der Schriftsprachvermittlung (University-certified English translation: Cochlear implant, signing, and early written language: Aspects of child development and deaf education with a special focus on a new possibility of very early acquisition of written language). PhD thesis, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Stocker, K. (1997). Toneme analogues, morphemes, and icons in sign language: A surface structure analysis of the sign mode of human language. Master’s thesis, University of Durham, England.

 

Professional Service

Scientific Committee, Cognitive Linguistics in the Year 2015 (Conference of the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association). Lublin, Poland.

Editorial Board, Cognitive Semantics, 2015– .

 

Reviewing

Cognitive Semantics, 2015– .

Proceedings of the Annual Meetings of the Cognitive Science Society, 2014– .

Consciousness and Cognition, 2012– .

Cognitive Processing, 2012– .

 

Professional Organizations

Member of the Cognitive Science Society, 2010– .

Member of the German Society for Cognitive Science (ordentliches Mitglied der Gesellschaft für Kognitionswissenschaft), 2013– .

 

Invitations (other than invited talks)

Officially invited discussant, 3rd INAPIC (International Normal Aging and Plasticity Imaging Center) fall workshop, “Developmental models of brain-behavior change relationships”, University of Zurich, 2013.

 

Awards

Scholarship for proficiency in the field of Arts , Langara Faculty Association, Langara College (Vancouver), Canada, 1991.

 

Extracurricular Activities

Scientific Director, BrainDate AG, Zurich, Switzerland, 2012–2013.

Therapist in the area of language and cognition, Center for Hearing and Language, Zurich, Switzerland, 2001–2009.

 
 
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