Brain Science Podcast: Evan Thompson talks about Embodied Cognition*
Format: Podcast/Transcript-based Quiz
Podcast & Transcript provided free of charge
*Campbell, G. (2012). Evan Thomson, author of Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Science of Mind. Brain Science Podcast, No. 89.
CE quiz developed by Dr. Mark Muse.
Description:Embodied Cognition is a movement within cognitive science that argues that the mind is inseparable from the fact that the brain is embedded in a physical body. This means that everything that the brain does, from the simplest perception to complex decision-making, relies on the interaction of the body with its environment. Evan Thompson's book Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind is an in depth look at what he calls the "enactive" approach to embodied cognition. The enactive approach was pioneered by Thompson's mentor Francisco Varela and it emphasizes the importance of the body's active engagement with its environment. This episode is part of the editor of Brain Science Podcast, Dr. Ginger Campbell’s, ongoing exploration of both embodied cognition and the controversial topic of emergence.
Objective: Upon completion of this podcast/transcript-based course, participants will be able to: 1) Define embodied cognition. 2) Explain how enactivity, self-organization and autopoeisis help define autonomy. 3) Incorporate the concept of metastability into adaptability. 4) Articulate how autonomy and “sense-making” contribute to a continuous path from the emergence of life to the emergence of mind.
Targeted Audience: Psychologists, physicians, neuroscientists, mental health therapists, philosophers.
Evan Thompson, PhD
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