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Contemporary Sensorimotor Theory

Bishop, John Mark, Martin, Andrew Owen (Eds.)

2014, X, 253 p. 16 illus., 5 illus. in color.

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  • Provides an insight into the contemporary state of sensorimotor theories and their place in modern cognitive science
  • Offers an interesting selection of current research informed by the sensorimotor account of perception
  • Edited and written by leading experts in the field

This book analyzes the philosophical foundations of sensorimotor theory and discusses the most recent applications of sensorimotor theory to human computer interaction, child’s play, virtual reality, robotics, and linguistics.

Why does a circle look curved and not angular? Why does red not sound like a bell? Why, as I interact with the world, is there something it is like to be me? An analytic philosopher might suggest: ``if we ponder the concept of circle we find that it is the essence of a circle to be round’’. However, where does this definition come from? Was it set in stone by the Gods, in other words by divine arbiters of circleness, redness and consciousness? Particularly, with regard to visual consciousness, a first attempt to explain why our conscious experience of the world appears as it does has been attributed to Kevin O’Regan and Alva Noe, who published their sensorimotor account of vision and visual consciousness in 2001.

Starting with a chapter by Kevin O’Regan, Contemporary Sensorimotor Theory continues by presenting fifteen additional essays on as many developments achieved in recent years in this field. It provides readers with a critical review of the sensorimotor theory and in so doing introduces them to a radically new enactive approach in cognitive science.


Content Level » Research

Keywords » AISB Sensorimotor Theory Workshop - Enactive approach - Machine consciousness - Phenomenological consciousness - Sensorimotor contingency - Sensorimotor robot - The Chinese room argument - Visual perception

Related subjects » Artificial Intelligence - Cognitive Psychology - Computational Intelligence and Complexity - Philosophical Traditions

Table of contents 

The Explanatory Status of the Sensorimotor Approach to Phenomenal Consciousness, and its Appeal to Cognition.- Heideggerian Credentials? O’Regan’s Sensorimotor Approach to Perception and Robots that Feel.- The Phenomenology of Sensorimotor Understanding.- How Enactive is the Dynamic Sensorimotor Account of Raw Feel?: Discussing some Insights from Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.- Experience and consciousness: Concepts from the outside in.- Sensorimotor knowledge and the radical alternative.- The Problem of Invisible Content.- Beyond Vision: extending the scope of a sensorimotor account of perception.- From a Sensorimotor to a Sensorimotor++ Account of Embodied Conceptual Cognition.- Conscious Sensation, Conscious Perception and Sensorimotor Theories of Consciousness.- Basic Pretending as Sensorimotor Engagement? Lessons from Sensorimotor Theory for the Debate on Pretence.- Investigating Sensorimotor Contingencies in the Enactive Interface.- Non-Representational Interaction Design.- Minimally Cognitive Robotics: Body Schema, Forward Models, and Sensorimotor Contingencies in a Quadruped Machine.- Human language and sensorimotor contingency.

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