Learning From the Body About the Mind
Article first published online: 24 OCT 2011
Copyright © 2011 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 4, Issue 1, pages 21–34, January 2012
How to Cite
Riley, M. A., Shockley, K. and Van Orden, G. (2012), Learning From the Body About the Mind. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4: 21–34. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2011.01163.x
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 24 OCT 2011
- Received 27 August 2010; received in revised form 18 January 2011; accepted 10 February 2011
- Ultrafast cognition;
- Context sensitivity;
- 1/f noise
In some areas of cognitive science we are confronted with ultrafast cognition, exquisite context sensitivity, and scale-free variation in measured cognitive activities. To move forward, we suggest a need to embrace this complexity, equipping cognitive science with tools and concepts used in the study of complex dynamical systems. The science of movement coordination has benefited already from this change, successfully circumventing analogous paradoxes by treating human activities as phenomena of self-organization. Therein, action and cognition are seen to be emergent in ultrafast symmetry breaking across the brain and body; exquisitely constituted of the otherwise trivial details of history, context, and environment; and exhibiting the characteristic scale-free signature of self-organization.