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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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Sensorimotor Contingencies and the Dynamical Creation of Structural Relations Underlying Percepts

Sensorimotor Contingencies and the Dynamical Creation of Structural Relations Underlying Percepts

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(p.121) 8 Sensorimotor Contingencies and the Dynamical Creation of Structural Relations Underlying Percepts
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The Pragmatic Turn
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Jürgen Jost

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034326.003.0008

A cognitive system is coupled to its environment via a sensorimotor loop. It receives signals from, and in turn acts upon, the environment, and the resulting actions influence the structure of future signals. This chapter looks at several possible optimization principles for this loop, all of which have certain shortcomings. It argues for a more refined interaction where the actions create certain structural relations among the sensory data as well as between those data and the system’s movements. These relations induce correlations between neuronal activities, and it is argued that these correlations underlie percepts which correspond to a specific spatiotemporal neuronal pattern. Such a pattern is the result of a learning process that transforms correlations into associations.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, learning, sensory processing, sensorimotor contingencies, sensorimotor loop

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