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Space and embodied cognition
Space and Embodied Cognition


to the fifth edition of the

International Conference of Space Cognition

Space and Embodied Cognition

Icsc 2000 spatial cognition scientific research and application
ICSC 2000:Spatial cognition: Scientific Research and Application

3 Keynotes:

Michel Denis (Paris, France)

Hanspeter A. Mallot (Tuebingen, Germany)

Jonathan R. Wolpaw (Albany, U.S.A.)

5 Symposia

6 Oral sessions

1 Poster session

1 Demo session

Icsc 2003 european year of people with disability space and disability
ICSC 2003:European year of People with disabilitySpace and Disability

4 Keynotes:

Jerome E. Bickenbach(New York, U.S.A.)

Luigi Pizzamiglio (Rome, Italy)

Alan Roulstone (Sunderland, U.K.)

Marcia J. Scherer (Rochester, U.S.A.)

7 Oral sessions

1 Poster session

1 Demo session

Icsc 2006 dynamics in spatial interactions
ICSC 2006:Dynamics inSpatial Interactions

4 Keynotes:

Paolo Calabresi(Perugia, Italy)

Albert Postma (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Charles Spence (Oxford, U.K.)

Cees van Leeuven (Saitama, Japan)

6 Symposia

14 Oral sessions

3 Poster sessions

Icsc 2009 spatial cognition and action
ICSC 2009:Spatial Cognition and Action

4 Keynotes:

Christian Freksa(Bremen, Germany)

Juan Lupianez (Granada, Spain)

Thomas C. Ormerod (Lancaster, U.K.)

Barbara Tversky(Stanford, U.S.A.)

12 Symposia

14 Oral sessions

2 Poster sessions

8 Tutorials

Icsc 2012 space and embodied cognition
ICSC 2012: Space and Embodied Cognition

5 Keynotes:

Alain Berthoz(Paris, France)

Marc Ernst (Bielefeld, Germany)

Luciano Fadiga (Ferrara, Italy)

Karl Friston (London, U.K.)

MichaelSpivey(Merced, U.S.A.)

18 Symposia

12 Oral sessions

8 Poster sessions

Participants to icsc 2012
Participants to ICSC 2012

First of all I want to thank all the participants to this Conference:

Among 252 participants:

194 are from Europe

9 from Asia

42 from North America

3 from South America

3 from Oceania

Thanks to: .................our Keynotes

Alain Berthoz

“Neural basis of changing perspective in spatial orientation and navigation. Implication for empathy”

Marc Ernst

“Human multisensory perception and action - Putting the puzzle together”

Luciano Fadiga

“The motor framework of peripersonal space”

Karl Friston

“Active inference and spatial cognition”

Michael Spivey

“The spatial intersection of minds”

Thanks to our scientific committee
Thanks to: ...........our Scientific Committee

Thomas Hünefeldt – (Rome)

Antonio Jesus Bandera Rubio (Malaga)

Anna M. Borghi (Bologna)

Alessandro D’Ausilio (Genoa)

Franco Delogu (Detroit)

Michel Denis (Paris)

Dina Di Giacomo (L’Aquila)

Stefano Federici (Perugia)

Ken Forbus (Evanston)

Dedre Gentner (Evanston)

Cecilia Guariglia (Rome)

Stephen Hirtle (Pittsburgh)

Christoph Hoelscher (Freiburg)

Tina Iachini (Naples)

Elisabetta Ladavas (Bologne)

Emiliano Macaluso (Rome)

Hanspeter Mallot (Tübingen)

Daniele Nardi (Rome)

Davide Nardo (Rome)

Nora Newcombe (Philadelphia)

Massimiliano Palmiero (L’Aquila)

Francesca Pazzaglia (Padua)

Albert Postma (Utrecht)

Alberto Priori (Milan)

Valerio Santangelo (Perugia)

Marcia Scherer (Rochester)

Kerstin Schill (Bremen)

Werner Schneider (Bielefeld)

Thomas Shipley (Philadelphia),

Boris Suchan (Bochum)

Narayanan Srinivasan (Allahabad)

Barbara Tversky (Stanford)

Cees van Leeuwen (Leuwen)

And his lieutenants
…and his Lieutenants

Daniele Nardi

Luca Simione

My thanks to the organizing committee the ladies
My thanks to the Organizing Committee: the Ladies…









My thanks to the organizing committee and the gentlemen
My thanks to the Organizing Committee: …and the Gentlemen




Looking for an exhaustive definition
Looking for an exhaustive definition

Embodied Cognition:

the brain circuits responsible for abstract thinking are closely tied to those circuits that analyse and process sensory experiences(Isanski & West, 2010)

“Not only … our concrete experience of the physical world(…) can impact our conception of higher order,…. But also these abstract constructs can alter the way we experience the concrete and physical”(Zhong, 2008)

A broader definition including agency
A broader definition including Agency

“Cognition is embodied when it is deeply dependent upon features of the physical bodyof an agent, that is, when aspects of the agent’s body beyond the brain play a significant causal or physically constitutive role in cognitive processing”

(Wilson & Foglia, 2011)

Mind and body
Mind and Body

the agent’s Body as:

  • Constraint: it constrains the nature and content of the cognitive representations

  • Distributor: it distributes computational and representational load betweeen neural and non-neural structures

  • Regulator: it regulates cognitive activity over space and time in motor action

Mind body and what else
Mind, Body and What else?

We should confront ourselves with:

  • Situated Cognition

  • Grounded Cognition

  • Socially Distributed Cognition

  • Extended Mind

  • Consciousness

  • Agency

    ….in Space and time


Combining robots with babies
Combining robots with babies

  • Embodied cognition reflects the idea that the motor system influences bodily actions

  • Researchers from Ithaca College in New York are working on a way to fuse babies with robots to give mobility to all babies, even those with conditions that may delay independentmobility, like Down syndrome, spina bifida, or cerebral palsy

  • WeeBot: a Novel Method for Infant Control of a Robotic Mobility Device, (S. Stansfield, C. Dennis, & H. Larin) presented last May at ICRA 2012

  • WeeBots = Adept MobileRobots Pioneer P3-DX bases + Nintendo Wii balance boards (rectangular platforms with load sensors at the corners)

Which is the mind and which the body

With these devices babies can be turned in robot drivers

That is: they became able to control the WeeBot in goal-directed movement during periods of free play

Please, give a look!

Which is the mind and which the body?

All the topics problems to you
All the topics (problems) to you

I am sure you will work hard and from my embodied heart I wish you to

Enjoy the conference