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

Jelle van Dijk, Remko van der Lugt, Caroline 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
Pages181-188
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2014 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 16 Feb 201419 Feb 2014
Conference number: 8

Conference

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

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