The Life & Mind Seminar Network

Seminar #42: Investigating the role of movement in the constitution of spatial perception using the Enactive Torch

Posted in Seminars by Tom Froese on November 10, 2008

We will have the next Life and Mind seminar this Wednesday, the 12th Nov. 2008, 16:30-18:00, Room Pev. 1 2A03.

For this seminar we will have Lorenzo Grespan, a new PhD student in the CCNR at Sussex, talk to us about the work he did with the Enactive Torch for his Master’s degree. This seminar will be a dry run for Lorenzo’s talk at this year’s Enactive Interfaces (Enactive/08) conference in Pisa, Italy. Here is the title and abstract of the paper:

Investigating the role of movement in the constitution of spatial perception using the Enactive Torch

L. Grespan, T. Froese, E. A. Di Paolo, A. K. Seth, A. Spiers and W. Bigge

This paper reports an exploratory study designed to clarify whether the Enactive Torch, a custom-built minimalist distance-to-tactile perceptual supplementation device, can be used to investigate the role of embodied action in the perception of external spatiality. By constraining the kind of exploratory movements available to the participants, we create an experimental setup in which it is possible to study the relationship between bodily degrees of freedom and spatial perception. We present a preliminary investigation of the strategies used by minimally trained participants to locate various objects placed in front of them by engaging in active exploration under constrained conditions.

A PDF copy of this paper can be downloaded here.

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All welcome!

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