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ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition Space and Embodied Cognition WELCOME to the fifth edition of the International Conference of Space Cognition Space.

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1 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition Space and Embodied Cognition WELCOME to the fifth edition of the International Conference of Space Cognition Space and Embodied Cognition

2 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition 2000 ICSC 2000: Spatial cognition: Scientific Research and Application 3 Keynotes: Michel Denis Michel Denis (Paris, France) Hanspeter A. Mallot Hanspeter A. Mallot (Tuebingen, Germany) Jonathan R. Wolpaw Jonathan R. Wolpaw (Albany, U.S.A.) 5 Symposia 6 Oral sessions 1 Poster session 1 Demo session

3 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition 2003: ICSC 2003: European year of People with disability Space and Disability 4 Keynotes: Jerome E. Bickenbach Jerome E. Bickenbach (New York, U.S.A.) Luigi Pizzamiglio Luigi Pizzamiglio (Rome, Italy) Alan Roulstone Alan Roulstone (Sunderland, U.K.) Marcia J. Scherer Marcia J. Scherer (Rochester, U.S.A.) 7 Oral sessions 1 Poster session 1 Demo session

4 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition 2006: ICSC 2006: Dynamics in Spatial Interactions 4 Keynotes: Paolo Calabresi Paolo Calabresi (Perugia, Italy) Albert Postma Albert Postma (Utrecht, Netherlands) Charles Spence Charles Spence (Oxford, U.K.) Cees van Leeuven Cees van Leeuven (Saitama, Japan) 6 Symposia 14 Oral sessions 3 Poster sessions

5 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition 2009: ICSC 2009: Spatial Cognition and Action 4 Keynotes: Christian Freksa Christian Freksa (Bremen, Germany) Juan Lupianez Juan Lupianez ( Granada, Spain) Thomas C. Ormerod Thomas C. Ormerod (Lancaster, U.K.) Barbara Tversky Barbara Tversky (Stanford, U.S.A.) 12 Symposia 14 Oral sessions 2 Poster sessions 8 Tutorials

6 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition 2012: Space and Embodied Cognition ICSC 2012: Space and Embodied Cognition 5 Keynotes: Alain Berthoz Alain Berthoz (Paris, France) Marc Ernst Marc Ernst (Bielefeld, Germany) Luciano Fadiga Luciano Fadiga (Ferrara, Italy) Karl Friston Karl Friston (London, U.K.) Michaely Michael Spivey (Merced, U.S.A.) 18 Symposia 12 Oral sessions 8 Poster sessions

7 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition Participants to ICSC 2012 First of all I want to thank all the participants to this Conference: Among 252 participants: 194 are from Europe 9 from Asia 42 from North America 3 from South America 3 from Oceania

8 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition 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 Karl Friston Active inference and spatial cognition Luciano Fadiga The motor framework of peripersonal space Michael Spivey The spatial intersection of minds Thanks to:.................our Keynotes

9 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition Thanks to:...........our Scientific Committee Thomas Hünefeldt – (Rome) Antonio Jesus Bandera Rubio (Malaga) Anna M. Borghi (Bologna) Alessandro DAusilio (Genoa) Franco Delogu (Detroit) Michel Denis (Paris) Dina Di Giacomo (LAquila) Stefano Federici (Perugia) Ken Forbus (Evanston) Dedre Gentner (Evanston) Cecilia Guariglia (Rome) Stephen Hirtle (Pittsburgh) Christoph Hoelscher (Freiburg) Tina Iachini (Naples) Elisabetta Ladavas (Bologne) Emiliano Macaluso (Rome) Hanspeter Mallot (Tübingen) Daniele Nardi (Rome) Davide Nardo (Rome) Nora Newcombe (Philadelphia) Massimiliano Palmiero (LAquila) Francesca Pazzaglia (Padua) Albert Postma (Utrecht) Alberto Priori (Milan) Valerio Santangelo (Perugia) Marcia Scherer (Rochester) Kerstin Schill (Bremen) Werner Schneider (Bielefeld) Thomas Shipley (Philadelphia), Boris Suchan (Bochum) Narayanan Srinivasan (Allahabad) Barbara Tversky (Stanford) Cees van Leeuwen (Leuwen)

10 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition...the President of the Organizing Committee Dr. Thomas Hünefeldt

11 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition …and his Lieutenants Daniele Nardi Luca Simione

12 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition My thanks to the Organizing Committee: the Ladies… MARIA LAURA MELE SIMONA ARIANNA DI FRANCESCO FEDERICA MAUROOLA HUSSEIN GISELLA MICCIANTUONO LINDA PECORIELLO ROSANNA VIGNOLA

13 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition My thanks to the Organizing Committee: …and the Gentlemen ALESSANDRO GIANNANDREA MAURIZIO GIORGIO GIULIO TIRINELLI

14 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition 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 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition 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 agents body beyond the brain play a significant causal or physically constitutive role in cognitive processing (Wilson & Foglia, 2011)

16 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition Mind and Body Body the agents Body as: Constraint: Constraint: it constrains the nature and content of the cognitive representations Distributor Distributor: it distributes computational and representational load betweeen neural and non-neural structures Regulator Regulator: it regulates cognitive activity over space and time in motor action

17 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition Mind, Body and What else? We should confront ourselves with: Situated Cognition Grounded Cognition Socially Distributed Cognition Extended Mind Consciousness Agency ….in Space and time BUT……….

18 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition Combining robots with babies the motor system influences bodily actions Embodied cognition reflects the idea that the motor system influences bodily actions give mobility to all babies Researchers 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 palsy WeeBot: a Novel Method for Infant Control of a Robotic Mobility Device, (S. Stansfield, C. Dennis, & H. Larin) presented last May at ICRA 2012 =+ WeeBots = Adept MobileRobots Pioneer P3-DX bases + Nintendo Wii balance boards (rectangular platforms with load sensors at the corners)

19 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition Which is the mind and which the body? With these devices babies can be turned in robot drivers That is: they became able to control the WeeBot in goal-directed movement during periods of free play Please, give a look!

20 ICSC 2012 – Space and Embodied Cognition

21 All the topics (problems) to you I am sure you will work hard and from my embodied heart I wish you to 21 Enjoy the conference


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