Dynamic field theory and embodied cognition

  • Gregor Schöner (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Institut für Neuroinformatik)
A3 02 (Seminar room)


Overt behavior is always based on a direct link between sensory and motor surfaces. Moreover, behavior is typically adjusted to the perceived environment, a current "task" setting, and to longer term goals. These two boundary conditions of behavior are emphasized in the "embodied cognition" approach to cognition. This talk introduces the concepts of dynamic field theory, in which simple cognitive properties such as decision making and working memory emerge from a mathematical description of behavior that remains close to sensori-motor processes. Models and related experiments in movement preparation, the development of action planning and spatial memory will be reviewed.