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Event Date : 25 Apr, 2018 05:30 PM - 25 Apr, 2018 07:15 PM

Summary :

Neurocomputational analysis without reductionism? Enriching our understanding of ability and disability
Adam Linson (University of Stirling)

London Branch Seminar Details

Venue :
UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL Room: 828
City :
London
Organiser :
alison.brady.14@ucl.ac.uk

All are welcome. A background paper is attached here

Computational and neurobiological accounts of cognition tend to be viewed as inherently reductive from a humanities standpoint. But this ‘straw man’ mistakenly conflates reductive and non-reductive treatments. Many insights furnished by social and educational humanities highlight phenomena that are intrinsically linked to perception and action processes, which may be understood through computational models of embodied, embedded cognition. These models can enrich – rather than reduce or eliminate – concepts of sociality, agency, curiosity, exploration, affordances, learning, and development. They can also facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of cognitive functional impairments from which some learning disabilities may arise, suggesting tailored strategies for support.

Adam Linson is a University of Stirling (50th) Anniversary (Research) Fellow, with a dual appointment in Computing Science and Philosophy. His interdisciplinary research in embodied cognitive science and neuroinformatics focusses on situated auditory cognition and computational psychiatry. This builds on his previous postdoctoral work on ecological psychology, in relation to active inference (Edinburgh) and musical improvisation (Oxford), extending from his doctoral studies on cybernetic systems and robotic architectures (funded by the Centre for Research in Computing, Open University). He also has a master of fine arts in music/sound (Bard College) and an honours degree in philosophy (UC San Diego).

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