First Project Publication: Intelligent Action Guidance and the Use of Mixed Representational Formats, to appear in Synthese

The project’s first publication, Intelligent Action Guidance and the Use of Mixed Representational Formats, to appear in Synthese. Here’s the abstract:

My topic is the intelligent guidance of action. In this paper I offer an empirically grounded case for four ideas: that [a] cognitive processes of practical reasoning play a key role in the intelligent guidance of action, [b] these processes could not do so without significant enabling work done by both perception and the motor system, [c] the work done by perceptual and motor systems can be characterized as the generation of information (often conceptually structured information) specialized for action guidance, which in turn suggests that [d] the cognitive processes of practical reasoning that play a key role in the guidance of intelligent action are not the abstract, syllogistic ones philosophers often treat as the paradigm of practical reasoning. Rather, these cognitive processes are constrained by, and work well with, the specialized concepts outputted by perception and the feedback outputted by sensorimotor processes.

Rethinking Conscious Agency begins!

Directed by Dr. Joshua Shepherd, this project will investigate the relationship between conscious experience and capacities for action control.