Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

COMP40280 Embod & Enactv Appr to Cog Sci

This module introduces themes of embodiment, extended mind, and enaction. These constitute a radical departure from psychological theories that rely on mind-brain identity, and that view the mind/brain computationally.
Embodied and Enactive theories of cognition will be the principal focus, but the module will introduce these in the context of several other important strands in contemporary cognitive science. Topics covered may include Extended Minds, Embodiment, Ecological Psychology, Enaction, mind and life, and the relationship between individual and collective accounts of cognition. Together these topics span the emerging field of post-cognitive theory. Classes will consist of group discussions of material students have read in preparation. Sample materials can be viewed at

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Students will become familiar with a range of philosophical, theoretical, and practical approaches to understanding human minds and experience. They will learn to differentiate between cognitivist and post-cognitivist approaches, and will emerge with an appreciation of the kind of explanatory pluralism required for addressing scientific and philosophical questions about the human condition. They will understand the scope of embodied and enactive theories of cognition. 
Item Workload


Autonomous Student Learning




Description % of Final Grade Timing
Continuous Assessment: Set of 6 blog posts


Throughout the Semester


This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

No Resit


If you fail this module you may repeat or substitute where permissible

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

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Prior Learning

It is recommended that students have prior knowledge of conventional, information processing theories of cognition, either through a grounding in cognitive psychology, or in artificial intelligence.
Curricular information is subject to change