Cognitive Science | Brain-Body- Environment Systems
Q700 | 11837 | R. Beer


BRAIN-BODY-ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS

Q700 ,  11837,  TUTH 1:00-2:15PM  Eigenmann Hall (EG) 833

Notions of embodiment, situatedness and dynamics are becoming
increasingly important in cognitive science, converging on a view in
which an agent's behavior and cognition are seen not merely as
products of its brain alone, but rather as arising from the
interaction between the agent's nervous system, body and
environment. In order to evaluate the significance of these ideas,
this course will examine the construction and analysis of models of
complete brain-body-environment systems, with a particular emphasis
on the use of tools from complex systems (including evolutionary
algorithms, dynamical systems theory and information theory) to
study how such coupled systems work. Behaviors to be studied range
from basic motor behavior and sensorimotor learning to categorical
perception, selective attention, agency detection and communication.
We will also examine models and theories of agency, as well as some
of the philosophical implications of the brain-body-environment
perspective.