A lazy brain? Embodied Embedded Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Authors I. van Rooij , W.F.G. Haselager , Jelle van Dijk
Published in Handbook of Cognitive Science. An embodied approach.
Publication date 2008
Research groups Co-design
Type Book


From the article: Abstract Over the last decades, philosophers and cognitive scientists have argued that the brain constitutes only one of several contributing factors to cognition, the other factors being the body and the world. This position we refer to as Embodied Embedded Cognition (EEC). The main purpose of this paper is to consider what EEC implies for the task interpretation of the control system. We argue that the traditional view of the control system as involved in planning and decision making based on beliefs about the world runs into the problem of computational intractability. EEC views the control system as relying heavily on the naturally evolved fit between organism and environment. A ‘lazy’ control structure could be ‘ignorantly successful’ in a ‘user friendly’ world, by facilitating the transitory creation of a flexible and integrated set of behavioral layers that are constitutive of ongoing behavior. We close by discussing the types of questions this could imply for empirical research in cognitive neuroscience and robotics.

Language English
Published in Handbook of Cognitive Science. An embodied approach.
ISBN/ISSN URN:ISBN:9780080466163
Key words cognitive neuroscience, embedded cognition