Course Coordinator: 
Tom Froese
Introduction to Embodied Cognitive Science

Explore key theoretical trends that underpin embodied cognitive science and develop a framework with which to distinguish and define an embodied perspective.  Describe the scope and interdisciplinary nature of cognitive science, and identify the main theoretical trends emerging in embodied cognitive science. Learn and discuss the key differences between an embodied perspective compared to the traditional stance. Use the interdisciplinary tools of an embodied cognitive approach to consider open problems and challenges and offer potential solutions. Demonstrate this understanding through weekly written exercises and a final paper. Prior experience in cognitive science (any discipline) is highly advantageous but not essential.

At the end of this course, students will be able to describe the scope and interdisciplinary nature of cognitive science
Course Content: 
  • Week 1 – Introduction
  • Week 2 – The mechanistic worldview
  • Week 3 – Systems thinking and cybernetics
  • Week 4 – Sense-making and adaptivity
  • Week 5 – Participatory sense-making
  • Week 6 – Coordination dynamics
  • Week 7 – Sensorimotor interaction theory
  • Week 8 – International Conference on Embodied Cognitive Science 2022: Interaction Matters
  • Week 9 – Sensory substitution
  • Week 10 ­– Interpersonal synergies
  • Week 11 – The interactive brain hypothesis
  • Week 12 – The body social
  • Week 13 – An enactive approach to psychiatry
  • Week 14 – Habits and normativity 
Course Type: 
1) Attendance 2) Weekly questions and completion of writing exercise 3) Final paper (1500 to 2500 words)
Text Book: 
    Reference Book: 
    • Capra’s A Systems View of Life will be drawn on much throughout the course, and may be worth acquiring in advance.
    Prior Knowledge: 
    Due to the highly interactive and group-based nature of the course, the number of students is limited to 9 and preference will be given to students with a background in one of the disciplines that form the cognitive sciences. Please consult with Prof Froese before enrolling.

    enrollment cap of 9 students