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Sensorimotor Theory Workshop

A day of discussion on the Sensorimotor account of Perception, Consciousness and Robotics, its development and contemporary state.


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This workshop aims to provide an insight into the contemporary state of Sensorimotor Theories and their place in modern Cognitive Science. Particular focus will be given to J.K. O'Regan and Noƫ's 2001 paper "A sensorimotor account of vision and visual consciousness", including how both authors' work has since developed and diverged. An overarching aim will be to describe how Sensorimotor accounts relate to Enactive accounts: whether they are synonymous, compatible, or even mutually exclusive. We invite comparisons of the strengths and critiques of Sensorimotor accounts as compared to more established, and more radical theories. We seek to clarify the scope of Sensorimotor theories, the subjects over which they provide the greatest explanations

Example Topics of Interest
- How an Enactive approach compares to a Sensorimotor approach.
- The "hard" problems solved or introduced by assuming a Sensorimotor Stance.
- How various Sensorimotor theories compare with each other and competing theories.
- Whether a Sensorimotor approach commits one to a certain philosophy of mind.
- The most influential existing projects that assume a Sensorimotor stance.
- How Sensory Substitution experiments and Sensorimotor Theory may inform each others' development.
- How Sensorimotor accounts may inform developments in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science.
- How to explain sensorimotor "mastery", and the relation between "understanding", "skill" and "knowledge".
- The role or need for perceptual "content" and internal representations.
- The relation between perception and action; between "knowing how to act" and "knowing what would happen if you did act".

Any other topics related to Sensorimotor Theory will also be welcomed.

We intend to provide an early avenue for informal exposition of views on the historical and contemporary context of Sensorimotor theories. We invite scholars and students to submit a 250-500 word abstract for oral presentation and subsequent round table discussion.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. There will be a break for lunch with a range of dining options on campus and locally.

Registration is free to members of the AISB [] and otherwise equal to the cost of membership which will be processed as a membership application unless explicitly requested. AISB Membership costs are available at

Send your name, institution and AISB Membership number to Andrew Martin at

Goldsmiths, University of London is located in the heart of London, under five minutes' walk from New Cross and New Cross Gate train stations. These stations are both served by National Rail trains and the London Overground Network. Trains run from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and London Bridge. Journey time is roughly 10-15 minutes.

Further travel information and directions can be found at

Deadline for submissions has now passed.

Event publicity supported by Avant "journal of the philosophical-interdisciplinary vanguard".

Supported by EUCog - European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics.

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Week beginning 26th September
September 2012

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