The Life & Mind Seminar Network

Seminar #62: Skills, Springs and Contexts

Posted in Seminars by Tom Froese on March 11, 2010

Please note this upcoming special Life and Mind seminar:

Skills, Springs and Contexts

Dr. Marek McGann
Department of Psychology
MIC, Limerick, Ireland

Date: Fri., March 19, 2010 (NOTE UNUSUAL DAY)
Time: 15:00-17:00 (NOTE UNUSUAL TIME)

The concept of skill plays a pivotal role in much enactive thinking, particularly when the approach is applied to questions and research topics typically the preserve of Cognitive Psychology (the so-called “higher cognitive functions”). Drawing on standard findings in traditional cognitive research as well as extant uses of the concept and its cognates in the enactive and dynamical sensorimotor literature I will attempt to layout some of possible accounts of skill available to enactive theorists, and some of the constraints we must obey in developing such accounts. Beginning with some very basic observations about biological autonomy I will examine the continuity between basic forms of adaptivity and the more complex concept of skill, putting forward one generic model that may provide for further empirical and modelling research. I will also discuss the relationship between skill and perspective as it is described by enactivists.

All welcome!


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  1. Tom Froese said, on May 6, 2010 at 10:16 am

    A recording of this talk has now been made available on the Audio / Video page.

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