Lab Talk - Craig Chapman
"Movement - the forgotten step-sister of cognitive neuroscience: A Cinderella story"
Almost every introductory textbook of human behaviour simplifies the brain to some version of a serial, three stage process like: Perception -> Decision -> Action. While as a cognitive neuroscience community we almost categorically admit this is wrong, the influence of this model is pervasive. This is particularly true with respect to how we treat "Action" - dominantly thought of as coming after the "hard" cognition in the brain, and mostly forgotten. In this talk, I will explore possible reasons why we largely ignore the cognition of movement, and argue instead for the simple but compelling hypothesis that moving is thinking. I will discuss evidence showing: 1) That thinking affects moving; 2) That moving affects thinking; 3) That by watching someone move you know what they are thinking, even if you aren't aware of it and 4) Introduce new techniques we are developing to better measure moving, and therefore thinking.
Wednesday, June 19 at 10:00am
Fulton Hall, 245
Fulton Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA