Beyond distributed representation: embodied cognition design supporting socio-sensorimotor couplings

J. Dijk, van, R. Lugt, van der, C.C.M. Hummels

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    Abstract

    Embodied Cognition has been proposed as a relevant theory for tangible and embedded interaction [14]. Based on two 2-year lasting Research-through-Design cases we identify three variations of the theory: 1) Distributed Representation and Computation, 2) Socially Situated Practices and 3) Sensorimotor Coupling & Enactment. Both social situatedness and sensorimotor coupling proved relevant for design and for understanding user behavior in context. We show how the 'social' and the 'sensorimotor' are part of one integrated sensemaking process we call 'socio-sensorimotor coupling'. We argue that the, intuitively appealing, idea of using tangibles for external representation actually hinders designing for sensemaking as socio-sensorimotor coupling. We present a vision of Embodied Cognition Design, which goes beyond a representational interpretation, aiming to intervene more directly into the socio-sensorimotor loop.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTEI'14 Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction : Munich, Germany, 16-19 February 2014
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    Pages181-188
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-2635-3
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    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2014) - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität , Munich, Germany
    Duration: 16 Feb 201419 Feb 2014
    Conference number: 8
    http://www.tei-conf.org/14/

    Conference

    Conference8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2014)
    Abbreviated titleTEI 2014
    CountryGermany
    CityMunich
    Period16/02/1419/02/14
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