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The Pragmatic TurnToward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science$
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Andreas K. Engel, Karl J. Friston, and Danica Kragic

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034326

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034326.001.0001

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Extending Sensorimotor Contingencies to Cognition

Extending Sensorimotor Contingencies to Cognition

(p.175) 11 Extending Sensorimotor Contingencies to Cognition
The Pragmatic Turn

Alexander Maye

Andreas K. Engel

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An emerging view in cognitive science considers cognition as “enactive” (i.e., skillful activity involving ongoing interactions with the external world). A key premise of this view is that cognition is grounded in the mastery of sensorimotor contingencies (i.e., the ability to predict sensory changes which ensue from one’s own action). It is proposed that the learning of sensorimotor contingencies serves basic sensorimotor processing and that it can also be used to establish more complex cognitive capacities, such as object recognition, action planning, or tool use. Recent evidence from robotics and neuroscience supports this claim and suggests that “extended” sensorimotor contingencies might be a viable concept for pragmatic cognitive science.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, consciousness, enactive cognition, eSMCs, object recognition, sensorimotor processing, sensorimotor contingencies

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