International Conference on Embodied Cognitive Science

Welcome To ECogS 2022: Interaction Matters

The interdisciplinary field of cognitive science was officially inaugurated over half a century ago to explain the abstract intellectual capacities of the human mind. Since then it has been expanding its explanatory scope considerably. Research in embodied cognition is leading to broader open questions, such as

  • What is the relationship between life and mind?
  • What is the influence of behaviour on the brain?

  • How is human cognition scaffolded by language and technology?

  • How is consciousness shaped by our interaction with others?  

In short, all these questions are concerned with the ways in which interactions matter. Answers to these questions require a Copernican revolution in cognitive science: for too long has it been assumed that the brain is the stationary centre of a person’s cognitive universe.

The International Conference on Embodied Cognitive Science 2022: Interaction Matters (ECogS 2022) will bring together approaches that are theoretically and methodologically diverse yet united in their commitment to an alternative orientation, one in which agent-environment interaction plays a primary organizing role of life, mind, and consciousness.

The aim of this conference series is to facilitate the development of this broad orientation in both conceptual and experimental terms.

Due to ongoing issues with acquiring visas when travelling to Japan, this year we have decided to limit the attendees to invited speakers, OIST members, and Japanese-based researchers only. This will make for a more intimate setting which we intend to take advantage of.

And so, as well as hearing individual talks from our invited speakers on topics of their choosing under the broad heading of Interaction Matters, we will be hosting a group workshop over the course of the event in which we will collectively deliberate on a particular issue pertinent to our community. 

Our inquiry this year will be focused on De Jaegher, Di Paolo and Gallagher's 2010 paper, Can social interaction constitute social cognition? Now more than a decade on from its publication, we will collectively critique the current status of the answers to the question they posed. 

The Embodied Cognitive Science Unit is looking forward to welcoming you at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, which is especially suitable for hosting such an interdisciplinary event.

We also hope that you will enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of autumn in Okinawa. The conference will take place in OIST's Sea Side House, which has all the facilities necessary to make your stay in Okinawa one to remember, including a bar, a BBQ area, tennis courts, beach access and uninterrupted views of unforgettable sunsets. 

Please bookmark this website for easy access to updates about conference-related details. 

With best wishes,

Portrait of Tom Froese
Tom Froese 
Mark James
Mark James
Kaori Yamashiro

For inquiries, please contact us
e-mail: mark.james@oist.jp
phone: +81-98-982-3683 (Kaori)

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