Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we were led to social isolation, restricting some from physical touch and social gatherings. In this article, Dr. Mark James goes into details on how some may find care and connection through digitally mediated interactions, and the experience of 'digital hugs'.
Dr. Tom Froese recently published "Irruption Theory: A Novel Conceptualization of the Enactive Account of Motivated Activity" in the jounral Entropy. Irruption theory is novel theory about how agency interacts with the physical world that's an alternative to prevailing hypotheses.
Natalya recently presented and published her work in IEEE. Most research on the self-optimization model has focused on network sizes on the order of a hundred nodes. This paper demonstrates that the process can be scaled up over several orders of magnitude with comparable results. Link to paper here.
Scaling up the self-optimization model by means of on-the-fly computation of weights
Ivan has been working with bees and he presents his latest work in this new preprint which suggests commonalities between neural activity in the brain and collective behaviour in honey bees.
Evidence of Critical Dynamics in the Honey Bee Swarm
Dr. Froese will participate in the 28th East Asia Joint Symposium on Biomedical Research organized by Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies at the Shanghai Tech University. He will give a talk on "Pandemic disorders of consciousness" within Neuroscience, psychoscience and aging Section on October 27th, 10:15 - 10:30 (Time zone: UTC+8).
More Information about the event is here
Dr. Froese will be participating in a upcoming symposium on "Body Schema, Arts, and Social Participation" in Tokyo, Japan. He will be giving a talk titled "Enaction as irruptions and body memory", where he presents a fresh perspective on the relationship between conscious body image and unconscious body schema through irruption theory.
Attendance is free and can be registered here.
This month, our unit celebrated the birthday of two members, Yi-Shan and Eric. Perfect occasion to highlight their project in the unit. As PhD students, Eric is studying interbrain synchronization using computational and experimental approaches while Yi-Shan's project mainly works on examining information synergy in the football context. While analyzing football match datas and the coordination of football players with EEG hyperscanning, she wants to reveal a quantitative way to describe team behaviors in multi-agent sports.
Our unit took part of the OIST Time Capsule community project that conclude the celebration of OIST's 10th Anniversary. The purpose of this project is to take polaroid pictures of OIST's members across campus and keep them in a Time Capsule that will be opened for the institute's 30th Anniversary, in 2041! Great opportunity for the unit to show our best smiles and update our team's photos.
Rai's submitted abstract was accepted for a conference. He will be attending and giving a presentation at the 24th International Congress on Acoustics (ICA2022) in Korea. Congratulations!
Real-Time Spatial Sound Rendering System Using LiDAR Sensor For Auditory Augmented Reality Application
Natalya's submitted paper was accepted for a conference. She will be attending and giving an oral presentation at the IEEE Symposium Series On Computational Intelligence in Singapore. Congratulations!
Dr. Tom Froese and Dr. Mark James will be holding a pre-conference workshop in Heidelberg, Germany on 21 September 2022, where they will discuss recent theoretical advances in the so-called irruption theory of consciousness. Flyer here.
Kazuma Takada talked about "The Design and Scalability of Online Experiment Platform" in Young Perceptionists' Seminar 2022 (YPS2022).
Kazuma Takada gave a presentation on "The Design and Scalability of Online Experiment Platform" at Young Perceptionists' Seminar 2022 (YPS2022) held on August 21-22, 2022 in Japan.
The experimental platform he is implementing allows for an easy division (experiment design by researchers and development by engineers), speed to publish experiments, and accurate data collection. He aims to design a framework that goes beyond previous online experimental platforms, focusing on the dual perspectives of the researcher and the engineer.
Dr. Tom Froese will hold a small workshop on the need to reboot enactive cognitive science, and introduce an exciting new approach to the science of consciousness at the University Clinic Heidelberg on June 30th, 2022. More information here.
Embodied Rationality Through Game Theoretic Glasses: An Empirical Point of Contact
The paper develops a game theoretic description of the Perceptual Crossing Paradigm, making it possible to evaluate how game theory currently accounts for -- or fails to account for -- the features of human behavior that Perceptual Crossing elicits. It then argues that Perceptual Crossing can now be used to empirically ground a debate between the enactive notion of embodied rationality and the classical notion of rationality-as-consistency.
Scientific Observation Is Socio-Materially Augmented Perception: Toward a Participatory Realism
We are thrilled to announce this new essay arguing for a realism more fit for our times!
Key message: scientific observation is—like tool-use and perceiving more generally—irreducibly self, other-, and world-involving.
In episode #2 of the Connectomics podcast, our unit’s staff philosopher Mark James speaks with Dr. Fred Cummin, head of the Cognitive Science program at University College Dublin.
Listen to our unit’s staff philosopher Mark James discussing Embodied Social Cognition on Algo podcast together with Amjad Hussain:
The Japanese government announced that Okinawa would adopt “Prevention-Spreading Priority Measures” (quasi state of emergency) from January 9 to January 31, so our unit (along with everyone in OIST) is transitioning into remote-working conditions from tomorrow.
Joint Simon effect in movement trajectories
Ekaterina Sangati, Marc Slors, Barbara C. N. Müller, Iris van Rooij
New paper from our group's postdoc Ekaterina Sangati. This study of joint action casts doubt on the pervasiveness of co-representation, and instead points to a role for "offloading" of cognitive processes onto the resources of the body and the environment.
To understand the origin of life we must first understand the role of normativity
Take-home message: The problem of the origins of life remains unsolved because it is at the same time the problem of how normativity first appeared in the universe.
ECSU postdoc Jamila Rodrigues was awarded for the best contributed abstract at the "The Moral Roots of Quarantine: the East and the West" conference that will be hosted online on December 16, 2021, by University of Macau.
Title: Missing Bodies, experiencing lack of touch and loneliness during pandemic times
On 10th of December, 2021, our unit was excited to launch this new adventure in collaboration with FC Ryukyu, which will look at the relationship between interpersonal coordination and team performance. Yi-Shan Cheng will work on this project for her PhD in our unit. You can read about the project here and find our unit's debut on Okinawa TV here.
Capacity for social contingency detection continues to develop across adolescence
Karlijn S. F. M. Hermans, Olivia J. Kirtley, Zuzana Kasanova, Robin Achterhof, Noëmi Hagemann, Anu P. Hiekkaranta, Aleksandra Lecei, Leonardo Zapata-Fonseca, Ginette Lafit,Ruben Fossion, Tom Froese, Inez Myin-Germeys
We have developed an approach to capturing real-time dyadic social interaction, which points to a new opportunity for identifying altered social development during adolescence.
Does listening to classical music introduce structure into brain activity similar to auditory narrative? Last week we were fortunate to run a pilot EEG study with OIST Foundation's Music Ambassador Eiko Kano.
On November 11th, 2021, 9:00am UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), Mark James will be speaking on "Laying Down a Path to Walk In: Enaction, Design, and Multiscale Interventions for Change" at the ENSO Seminar Series. To join the live stream on YouTube click here.
In this discussion, our staff philosopher Mark M. James, joined a panel on the topic of adjusting to life at this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel spoke about how people are responding to the pandemic to manage their own wellbeing, how helping others can assist in that process, and the kinds of larger scale and longer term interventions that are necessary now.
On October 20th, 2021, 7:00 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), Mark James will be on a panel discussing the topic of “Adjusting to the New Normal: COVID-19 & Mental Health" Japan Society webinar, along with Jeremy Hunter (Claremont Graduate University) and Kaori Itokazu (OIST). Registration and more information about the event can be found here.
ECSU members will give talks at the IEEE CIBCB 2021 on 14th and 15th of October 2021.
Ivan Shpurov will give a talk on 14th October at 5:00 pm Melbourne time (AEDT) about "Artificial evolution of self-optimization in a Hopfield neural network".
Chen Lam Loh will give a talk on 15th October at 10:00 am Melbourne time (AEDT) about "An Oscillator Model for Interbrain Synchrony: Slow Interactional Rhythms Entrain Fast Neural Activity".
On October 22nd, 2021, 5 pm JST (Japan Standard Time), Tom Froese will be giving a talk at the Consciousness Club Tokyo. Title of the talk "Introducing the irruption theory of consciousness". Registration and more information about the event can be found here.
On October 28th, 2021, 8:00 am JST (Japan Standard Time), Susana Ramirez Vizcaya will be giving a talk on “An introduction to the enactive approach to addictions" at the BRAIN Lab meeting of the Department of Psychiatry in The University of British Columbia.
On September 16th, 2021, Tom Froese gave a talk at the Ridgelinez TRANSFORMATION SUMMIT 2021 on "Toward a cognitive science of the metaverse", as part of the "脳科学に基づくメタバース活用と心豊かな暮らし" session along Hiroyuki Sato (佐藤 浩之), Ridgelinez Principal Innovation and Business Creation Practice Leader.
On Friday the 1st of October we held a workshop within our unit that was organised around clarifying what the core themes of interest within our unit are. People are coming from a lot of different backgrounds into our unit and one challenge we face is developing a conceptual common ground. Part of the motivation of this workshop then was to to make the core themes explicit so that we have a number of well articulated topics that we will continue to refine through our work and through our conversations.
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
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.