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We are proud to announce that ERC FEEL project ended on May 31st 2019!

“FEEL” was a six-year ERC Advanced project led by J. Kevin O’Regan at the Université Paris Descartes, devoted to testing and developing the “sensorimotor” approach to consciousness. This approach purports to explain the “hard” problem of understanding the nature of … Continue reading

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Fri 29 Mar : Masterclass EdTech – Can we make robots that feel?

Can we make robots that feel? Shall we “retire” Rigoberto? Many people believe that there are certain typically human capacities that machines will never possess, among them: (1) proper general intelligence, (2) a sense of self, and (3) real “feel”. … Continue reading

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Talk on Consciousness and Sensorimotor Approach, February 4th 2019

Kevin O’Regan gave a talk on Consciousness and Sensorimotor Approach at Paris Descartes University on February 4th 2019. You can watch or download it here.  

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July 2018 New publication: Francesco Mannella, Vieri G. Santucci, Eszter Somogyi, Lisa Jacquey, Kevin J. O’Regan and Gianluca Baldassarre, “Know Your Body Through Intrinsic Goals”

The first “object” that newborn children play with is their own body. This activity allows them to autonomously form a sensorimotor map of their own body and a repertoire of actions supporting future cognitive and motor development. Here we propose … Continue reading

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June 2018 New publication: Alban Laflaquière, J.Kevin O’Regan, Bruno Gas & Alexander Terekhov, “Discovering space — Grounding spatial topology and metric regularity in a naive agent’s sensorimotor experience”

In line with the sensorimotor contingency theory, we investigate the problem of the perception of space from a fundamental sensorimotor perspective. Despite its pervasive nature in our perception of the world, the origin of the concept of space remains largely … Continue reading

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May 2018 New publication: Rizza A, Terekhov AV, Montone G, Olivetti-Belardinelli M and O’Regan JK, “Why early tactile speech aids may have failed: no perceptual integration of tactile and auditory signals”

Tactile speech aids, though extensively studied in the 1980’s and 1990’s, never became a commercial success. A hypothesis to explain this failure might be that it is difficult to obtain true perceptual integration of a tactile signal with information from … Continue reading

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May 2018 New publication: Jaqueline Fagard, Rana Esseily, Lisa Jacquey, Kevin O’Regan & Eszter Somogyi “Fetal Origin of Sensorimotor Behavior”

The aim of this article is to track the fetal origin of infants’ sensorimotor behavior. We consider development as the self-organizing emergence of complex forms from spontaneously generated activity, governed by the innate capacity to detect and memorize the consequences … Continue reading

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March 2018 New publication: Steve Torrance & Frank Schumann “The spur of the moment: what jazz improvisation tells cognitive science”

Improvisation is ubiquitous in life. It deserves, we suggest, to occupy a more central role in cognitive science. In the current paper, we take the case of jazz improvisation as a rich model domain from which to explore the nature … Continue reading

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Future directions meeting: sensorimotor contingencies & body knowledge, Monday & Tuesday March 26 & 27th, 2018

In this meeting, we aim to clarify the concepts that underlie current approaches to understanding how human body knowledge develops from birth onwards, with a focus on what we call the “sensorimotor approach” – the idea that body knowledge must … Continue reading

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Dec 2017 New publication : Witzel, C., The dress and individual differences in the perception of surface properties

This study investigates systematic individual differences in the way observers perceive different kinds of surface properties and their relationship to the dress, which shows striking individual differences in colour perception. We tested whether these individual differences have a common source, … Continue reading

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