The EXBODIED MIND: Motion in Communication and Cognition Research

RWTH Aachen University, Germany: April 8-9, 2011 (Fri-Sat)

Poster

workshop program

We cordially invite students, postdocs, faculty, and other researchers in the area of action and language/communication to pre-register for the Exbodied Mind Workshop.

The theory of the embodied mind is based on the premise that general and linguistic cognition are grounded in the bodily interaction with the physical and social environment. This small interdisciplinary workshop turns these premises inside-out and focuses on how patterns of physical motion and multimodal integration, for instance of speech and gesture, may give insights into the "exbodied" mind and brain.

Participants have the option to present their related current work as a poster.

April 8th

8:30-9:00 Registration & coffee

9:00-9:30
Welcome and Introduction
Irene Mittelberg (HumTec) & Klaus Willmes (IZKF)

"Cognition, Language and the Body"

9:30 - 10:15
Sotaro Kita (U of Birmingham, UK):
"Gesture, language and cognition"

10:15-11:00
Robert Williams (Lawrence U, Wisconsin, USA):
"Gesture, Conceptualization, and Distributed Cognition"

11:00-11:30 coffee break

11:30-12:15
Nick Enfield (MPI Nijmegen, NL):
"Rational heuristics for semiotic unification"

12:15-12:45
panel discussion (Moderator: I. Mittelberg)

12:45-14:00 light lunch

14:00-15:00 Poster Session

"Human Computer Interaction / Brain-Computer Interfaces"

15:00-15:15
Introduction Klaus Mathiak (IZKF)

15:15-16:00
Ipke Wachsmuth (U of Bielefeld, DE):
"Modeling Empathy in a Virtual Human"

16:00-16:45
Mikko Sams (U of Helsinki, FI):
"Studying neural mechanisms of intersubjectivity"

16:45-17:15 coffee break

17:15-18:00
Nikolaus Weiskopf (Univ College London, UK):
"Real-time fMRI used as a brain-computer interface"

18:00-18:30 Panel duscussion (Moderator: K. Mathiak)

April 9th

"Cognitive Neuroscience"

9:30-9:45
Introduction Ferdinand Binkofski (IZKF)

9:45-10:30
Anna Borghi (U of Bologna, IT):
"Affordances, tools, and words as social tools"

10:30-11:15
Giovanni Buccino (U of Parma, IT):
"How the motor system handles nouns and verbs"

11:15-11:45 coffee break

11:45-12:30
Joachim Hermsdoerfer (TU Munich, DE):
"What movement analyses can contribute to the understanding of tool use representations in healthy subjects and apraxic patients"

12:30-13:00 Panel discussion (Moderator: F. Binkofski)

13:15 closing remarks

13:15-14:30  light lunch

15:30-16:30
Optional wisit to the Natural Media Lab


VENUE

SuperC, 6th floor
RWTH Aachen University
Templergraben 57
Aachen, Germany

REGISTRATION FEE

€20 for non-RWTH staff/students
This includes attendance at all sessions, refreshments, and light
lunches on the two days of the workshop.

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE

March 18, 2011 (** new deadline **) Pre-registration is now closed. We cannot accept anymore registration requests.

Please also indicate during pre-registration, which days you would like to attend, and whether you would like to present a poster. If you would like to present a poster, please submit a title and an abstract (max 250 words). The workshop committee will select as many posters for presentation as space will allow.

Please email any workshop-related questions to
Gina (joue@humtec.rwth-aachen.de)

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Please email any workshop-related questions to
Gina (joue@humtec.rwth-aachen.de)


Organizers:
Natural Media & Engineering, HumTec
Irene Mittelberg, Vito Evola, Sukeshini Grandhi, Gina Joue
http://www.humtec.rwth-aachen.de/naturalmedia

Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF-BIOMAT),
University Hospital Aachen
Ferdinand Binkofski, Klaus Mathiak, Klaus Willmes, Anna Pohl
http://www.izkf.rwth-aachen.de/

This workshop is supported by the Funds of the Interdisciplinary Fora of RWTH Aachen, JARA-BRAIN (Jülich Aachen Research Alliance), and the German Research Foundation (DFG, IRTG 1328).