Psychology and Brain Sciences | Topical Seminar: Social Embodiment
P657 | 15159 | Smith, E.
Description: The principle of embodiment reflects a new perspective
in which behavior and cognition are seen as arising from
interactions among a nervous system, body, and environment including
other agents. This graduate seminar focuses on the body and sensori-
motor systems as they interact with the social (rather than the
physical) environment to determine cognition and behavior. Thus, we
will consider current topics in embodiment research as applied to
social judgments, dyadic relationships, and group interaction.
Sample topics include embodiment processes in emotions, attitudes,
moral judgments, and other social judgments; shared task performance
in dyads and social groups; synchrony and mimicry in dyadic
interaction and relationships; and embodiment in multi-agent
robotics and human-robot interactions. Much of the course will
involve student presentations and student-led discussions on
specific topics. Grade will be based on class presentations,
participation, and a term paper.