In the paper we consider the reduction in brain size associated with the transition from the Paleolithic to Neolithic. Is it indicative of less cognition? Using agent modeling, we show how it could actually be indicative of socially extended cognition.
On Monday, May 24, Fernando Rosas gave an online seminar to the Embodied Cognitive Science Unit entitled Towards a quantitative understanding of high-order interdependencies in complex systems. An extremely relevant topic given the unit's projects!
The article Emergent Interaction: Complexity, Dynamics, and Enaction in HCI, authored by Dan Bennett, Alan Dix, Parisa Eslambolchilar, Feng Feng, Tom Froese, Vassilis Kostakos, Sébastien Lerique, and Niels van Berkel was published as part of CHI EA '21: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
Tom Froese has been invited as a guest speaker to the online symposium "Francisco Varela, a thinker for our time".
On May 20th, 2021, Tom Froese will be speaking at the Tribute Day event. Registration and information for the event can be found here.
Tom Froese will be speaking at 10:40am CEST (Central European Summer Time) with Andreas Weber on "Life, The Living, Autonomy, and Self-organisation".
The Units PI, Tom Froese will present two classic articles of Varela in the Ouroboros Seminar 2021.
The lecture will be held on 21st April 2021 at 10:00 CEST.
Watch the live-stream on YouTube, or if you missed it, find this and other talks of the series on the "Mind and Life Europe" youtube channel.
The new ECSU Whack-A-Mole is finally created and is ready to be optimized for the upcoming trials this year!
With spring upon us, many new changes are going on for the ECSU team. We are embracing the changes, and moving forward with great momentum.
Happy New Year's from The ECSU team! With 2021 here, we are hard at work getting things together to have a productive and powerful year. We are expecting phenomenal things in 2021.
Currently, the ECSU is looking for a talented neuroscientist with EEG expertise to work on a 3-year long project. The position will include integrating brain-body hyperscanning and HCl to assist in the development of social-interaction-based early detection system for schizophrenia.
More information can be found here.
Join ECSU this afternoon as we host a workshop on Dyadic Interactions in a Comparative Perspective. Information on the workshop can be found here.
Tom Froese, among other speakers, come together to discuss a different view of life. That we are simply a member that is part of an amazingly large ecosystem. You can watch the session here.
ALife looks at exploration of new thoughts, theories, and ideas, while also focusing on Open-Ended Evolution - how life continuously and creatively evolves.
Happy Halloween to all! Hope the holidays were scary and fun for everyone!
The IRCN Babylab (Tsuji lab) at University of Tokyo is seeking a postdoctoral candidate for the transdisciplinary project “Tracking developing sensitivity to dyadic interactions” in collaboration with the Softbank Beyond AI Institute and Tom Froese (Embodied Cognitive Science unit, OIST). The goal of this project is to develop a gaze-based minimal virtual reality paradigm to identify infants’ sensitivity to real-time, gaze-mediated dyadic interactions.
The Articel The Feeling Is Mutual: Clarity of Haptics-Mediated Social Perception Is Not Associated With the Recognition of the Other, Only With Recognition of Each Other from Tom Froese, Leonardo Zapata-Fonseca, Iwin Leenen, and Ruben Fossion gives further reasoning on why social interactions matter and discusses that our perceptual experiences are shaped by how we interact with one another.
Two papers and a commentary are now displayed in the Constructivist Foundations Journal, featuring lab members Manuel Heras-Escribano and Laura Mojica.
Manuel's addition to the journal include:
Three papers have been succesfully posted in The 2020 Conference on Artificial Life by members of the lab. More information can be found here.
The three papers from the lab are:
What is the pandemic experience like? Our first pass at characterizing its phenomenology, out now in the Lancet!
ECSU Special Research student Georgina Montserrat Resendiz Benhumea is going to present her research at the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Brain Science held in Oktober of 2020!
The paper by former Special research student Ana Lucía Valencia and Tom Froese exploresand doings so explores
Inter-brain neural synchronization and its implications for theories of human consciousness
The paper written by visiting researcher Lorena Lobo and her research group at UAM in Spain, focusses on Dynamic Touch as Common Ground for Enactivism and Ecological Psychology to show
Has social distancing affected your experiences of self, others, and the world? Our group in Japan is collaborating with three UK institutions on a cross-cultural phenomenological study of the role of social interaction in human experience. Please participate and share this survey link: https://groups.oist.jp/ecsu/covid-19-survey
In the Article we propose an experimental approach for putting the enactive theory of perception on more solid empirical foundations. "Where Is the Action in Perception? An Exploratory Study With a Haptic Sensory Substitution Device"
ECSU visiting researcher from spain, Manuel Heras-Escribano, published a new paper titled "The evolutionary role of affordances: ecological psychology, niche construction, and natural selection".
In the paper ecological psychology meets niche construction theory, pointing to a new synthesis of cognitive science and evolutionary biology.
Temporality and affectivity in depression and schizophrenia: Commentary on Lenzo and Gallagher
New article out! Our model leads to a new hypothesis about the function of sleep in the nematode worm. "Unsupervised Learning Facilitates Neural Coordination Across the Functional Clusters of the C. elegans Connectome". It was published in Frontiers in Robotics and AI and can be found here.
Phd. Student Christin Puthur, won the the first Place of the Fake Life Recognition Contest Award, with her work done during her rotation in the Embodied Cognitive Science Unit.
Dr. Froese's project proposal "Gaze-based minimal virtual reality paradigm for tracking developing sensitivity to dyadic interactions" was selected for funding. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Sho Tsuji at the International Research Center for Neurointelligence of the University of Tokyo.
Froese will give a talk as an invited speaker at a conference dedicated to Francisco Varela, held in France at the "Centre culturel international de Cerisy".
The new article titled "Investigating real-time social interaction in pairs of adolescents with the Perceptual Crossing Experiment" reveals in the largest perceptual crossing study yet, that when adolescents engage in mutually responsive embodied interaction their social awareness is heightened.
Froese edited the latest issue of Adaptive Behavior. Its a special collection featuring a target article by Villalobos and Razeto, which leads to a fascinating dialogue between different approaches to embodied cognition.
Lost in the socially extended mind: Genuine intersubjectivity and disturbed self-other demarcation in schizophrenia
Tom Froese and Joel Krueger
We are launching a new conference series: the "International Conference on Embodied Cognitive Science" (ECogS)! Please find attached the conference poster for the inaugural conference, ECogS 2020.
The circular motif in the middle is designed to visually represent the overlapping six founding disciplines of cognitive science - anthropology, neuroscience, philosophy, AI, psychology, and linguistics - from an embodied cognition perspective.
Members of our unit will showcase our research to the public at this year's OIST Science Festival on Saturday, Nov. 16! Come find us at booth #14, Lab 1, Level D. Learn about how we perceive the world by interacting with different kinds of mobile robots and by trying out vision inversion goggles!
Ana Lucia will give a presentation at the Neural Oscillation Conference 2019: Towards Integrative Understanding of Human Nature, which will take place in Kyoto, Nov. 17-19. Her poster is on the topic: "Inter-brain synchrony of neural oscillations: implications for our understanding of human nature".
Fish are an ancient and diverse group of vertrebrates, which makes them an interesting comparative group for studies of mammalian brain evolution. However, caution is required given their distinctive embodiment and environment: cold-blooded bodies and life-long growth in an oxygen-poor habitat.
We published an article on auditory perception as an active perceptual modality! Here is the reference:
Froese, T. and González-Grandón, X. (in press). How passive is passive listening? Toward a sensorimotor theory of auditory perception. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. Doi: 10.1007/s11097-019-09641-6
Welcome to OIST!
Today four new Visiting Research Students, Alejandro, Ana, Caro, and Itzel, arrived to our unit. They will spend this quarter working in the unit in order to finish their dissertations, which they had begun in the 4E Cognition Group at UNAM in Mexico City under the supervision of Dr. Froese.