Presentation on theme: "Space and Embodied Cognition"— Presentation transcript:
1 Space and Embodied Cognition WELCOMEto the fifth edition of theInternational Conference of Space CognitionSpace and Embodied Cognition
2 ICSC 2000: Spatial cognition: Scientific Research and Application 3 Keynotes:Michel Denis (Paris, France)Hanspeter A. Mallot (Tuebingen, Germany)Jonathan R. Wolpaw (Albany, U.S.A.)5 Symposia6 Oral sessions1 Poster session1 Demo session
3 ICSC 2003: European year of People with disability Space and Disability 4 Keynotes:Jerome E. Bickenbach (New York, U.S.A.)Luigi Pizzamiglio (Rome, Italy)Alan Roulstone (Sunderland, U.K.)Marcia J. Scherer (Rochester, U.S.A.)7 Oral sessions1 Poster session1 Demo session
6 ICSC 2012: Space and Embodied Cognition 5 Keynotes:Alain Berthoz (Paris, France)Marc Ernst (Bielefeld, Germany)Luciano Fadiga (Ferrara, Italy)Karl Friston (London, U.K.)Michael Spivey (Merced, U.S.A.)18 Symposia12 Oral sessions8 Poster sessions
7 Participants to ICSC 2012First of all I want to thank all the participants to this Conference:Among 252 participants:194 are from Europe9 from Asia42 from North America3 from South America3 from Oceania
8 Thanks to: .................our Keynotes Alain Berthoz“Neural basis of changing perspective in spatial orientation and navigation. Implication for empathy”Marc Ernst“Human multisensory perception and action - Putting the puzzle together”Luciano Fadiga“The motor framework of peripersonal space”Karl Friston“Active inference and spatial cognition”Michael Spivey“The spatial intersection of minds”
12 My thanks to the Organizing Committee: the Ladies… MARIA LAURA MELEFEDERICA MAUROOLA HUSSEINGISELLA MICCIANTUONOSIMONA ARIANNADI FRANCESCOROSANNA VIGNOLALINDA PECORIELLO
13 My thanks to the Organizing Committee: …and the Gentlemen ALESSANDRO GIANNANDREAMAURIZIO GIORGIOGIULIO TIRINELLI
14 Looking for an exhaustive definition Embodied Cognition:the brain circuits responsible for abstract thinking are closely tied to those circuits that analyse and process sensory experiences (Isanski & West, 2010)“Not only … our concrete experience of the physical world(…) can impact our conception of higher order,…. But also these abstract constructs can alter the way we experience the concrete and physical” (Zhong, 2008)
15 A broader definition including Agency “Cognition is embodied when it is deeply dependent upon features of the physical body of an agent, that is, when aspects of the agent’s body beyond the brain play a significant causal or physically constitutive role in cognitive processing”(Wilson & Foglia, 2011)
16 Mind and Body the agent’s Body as: Constraint: it constrains the nature and content of the cognitive representationsDistributor: it distributes computational and representational load betweeen neural and non-neural structuresRegulator: it regulates cognitive activity over space and time in motor action
17 Mind, Body and What else? We should confront ourselves with: Situated CognitionGrounded CognitionSocially Distributed CognitionExtended MindConsciousnessAgency….in Space and timeBUT……….
18 Combining robots with babies Embodied cognition reflects the idea that the motor system influences bodily actionsResearchers from Ithaca College in New York are working on a way to fuse babies with robots to give mobility to all babies, even those with conditions that may delay independent mobility, like Down syndrome, spina bifida, or cerebral palsyWeeBot: a Novel Method for Infant Control of a Robotic Mobility Device, (S. Stansfield, C. Dennis, & H. Larin) presented last May at ICRA 2012WeeBots = Adept MobileRobots Pioneer P3-DX bases + Nintendo Wii balance boards (rectangular platforms with load sensors at the corners)
19 Which is the mind and which the body? With these devices babies can be turned in robot driversThat is: they became able to control the WeeBot in goal-directed movement during periods of free playPlease, give a look!