Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience

2015 Edition
| Editors: Dieter Jaeger, Ranu Jung

Embodied Cognition, Dynamic Field Theory of

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The insight that cognition is grounded in sensorimotor processing and shares many properties with motor control, captured by the notion of “embodied cognition,” has been a starting point for neural process models of cognition. Neural Field models represent spaces relevant to cognition, including physical space, perceptual feature spaces, or movement parameters in activation fields that may receive input from the sensory surfaces and may project onto motor systems. Peaks of activation are units of representation. Their positive levels of activation indicate the instantiation of a representation, while their location specifies metric values along the feature dimensions. By ensuring that peaks are stable states (attractors) of a neural activation dynamics, cognitive processes are endowed with the stability properties required when cognition is linked to sensory and motor processes. Instantiations of cognitive...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für NeuroinformatikRuhr-Universität BochumBochumGermany