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Excited to share insights from my recent presentation in Dr. Darin Freeburg's class! 🐼🧠 Explored the intriguing world of how pandas utilize information, delving into the fascinating realm of Embodied Cognition Metatheory. Discussed cognitive mechanisms, sensorimotor experiences, and the adaptive nature of pandas in processing information within their environmental context. 🌿 Thrilled to contribute to the dialogue on animal cognition and cognitive science. Check out my slides for a glimpse into the cognitive world of these amazing creatures!

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Metatheoretical Panda
ISCI801: Theoretical Issues in Library and Information Science
Information Science School, University of South Carolina
Samaneh Borji
November 2023
Embodied Cognition
Metatheory
Embodied Cognition is a
metatheory that challenges
traditional cognitive science by
emphasizing the role of the body
and its interactions with the
environment in shaping cognition.
Body and Mind
Connection
Embodied Cognition
challenges the traditional idea
that cognition is confined to
the brain. Instead, it
emphasizes that our thoughts
and understanding are closely
connected to our bodily
experiences. For example, the
way we perceive and
understand concepts is
influenced by our physical
sensations and movements.
Simulation and
Interaction
Embodied cognition proposes that our
minds simulate or mentally reenact
experiences to understand and respond
to the world. This mental simulation is
not just a passive process but is actively
influenced by our interactions with the
environment. This perspective
challenges the idea that cognition is
merely about internal representations of
the world.
Learning through
Movement
The theory suggests that our cognitive
abilities are not just the result of abstract
information processing but are deeply
linked to our movements and interactions.
Learning is seen as a dynamic process,
with physical actions playing a significant
role in shaping our understanding of the
world.
Context Matters
Unlike theories that treat the mind as
separate from the environment,
embodied cognition stresses the
importance of context. It argues that
cognitive processes are shaped by the
specific situations and surroundings in
which they occur. This means that
understanding a situation or concept
involves considering the context in
which it occurs.

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Metatheoretical Panda-Samaneh Borji.pdf

  • 1. Metatheoretical Panda ISCI801: Theoretical Issues in Library and Information Science Information Science School, University of South Carolina Samaneh Borji November 2023
  • 2. Embodied Cognition Metatheory Embodied Cognition is a metatheory that challenges traditional cognitive science by emphasizing the role of the body and its interactions with the environment in shaping cognition.
  • 3. Body and Mind Connection Embodied Cognition challenges the traditional idea that cognition is confined to the brain. Instead, it emphasizes that our thoughts and understanding are closely connected to our bodily experiences. For example, the way we perceive and understand concepts is influenced by our physical sensations and movements.
  • 4. Simulation and Interaction Embodied cognition proposes that our minds simulate or mentally reenact experiences to understand and respond to the world. This mental simulation is not just a passive process but is actively influenced by our interactions with the environment. This perspective challenges the idea that cognition is merely about internal representations of the world.
  • 5. Learning through Movement The theory suggests that our cognitive abilities are not just the result of abstract information processing but are deeply linked to our movements and interactions. Learning is seen as a dynamic process, with physical actions playing a significant role in shaping our understanding of the world.
  • 6. Context Matters Unlike theories that treat the mind as separate from the environment, embodied cognition stresses the importance of context. It argues that cognitive processes are shaped by the specific situations and surroundings in which they occur. This means that understanding a situation or concept involves considering the context in which it occurs.
  • 7. Practical Implications Understanding cognition as embodied has practical implications. For example, educators might design learning experiences that involve physical activities to enhance understanding. In fields like robotics and artificial intelligence, this perspective might influence the development of systems that learn from physical interactions with the environment.
  • 8. Extended Mind The concept of the "extended mind" suggests that cognitive processes can extend beyond the individual's body and brain. It includes the idea that external tools and even other individuals can be part of the cognitive system. This challenges the notion of a rigid boundary between the mind and the external world.
  • 9. Embodied Cognition explores the complex connections between the mind, body, and environment in understanding human cognition.
  • 10. How Do Pandas Use Information? We are going to answer this question through the lens of Embodied Cognition Metatheory
  • 11. Different Pandas’ Embodied Information Practices could be through: Visual Perception Auditory Perception and vocalization Olfactory Perception and scent marking (Pandas have scent glands on their backside for scent marking ) Tactile Sensitivity
  • 12. The Story of a panda called “Oreo”
  • 13. This is "Oreo" and her family!
  • 14. Let’s have accessories to distinguish them!
  • 15. Oreo’s mother is conveying information to Oreo’s father… Breeding Season: Both males and females use scents markings and sounds to find suitable mates and communicate their reproductive status.
  • 16. Oreo was born! As Oreo grows up, she has more information needs to know and communicate with her environment. So, to meet her information needs, she relies on her body.
  • 17. Oreo is exploring her environment through her body to get information… Visual Perception: Pandas rely on their well- developed eyesight to visually identify objects and assess potential food sources. Oreo visually assesses the quality and quantity of bamboo, demonstrating her ability to recognize and evaluate objects in her environment. Paw Usage: Pandas extensively use their front paws for various activities, including holding and eating bamboo. Oreo touches bamboo using her paws to evaluate and get more information about them.
  • 18. Auditory Perception The keen hearing of pandas allows them to detect environmental sounds, such as the rustling of leaves or the movement of other animals. This auditory perception contributes to their overall awareness of their surroundings and potential threats. Oreo uses environmental sounds as a source of information to be aware of potential threats.
  • 19. Oreo is interested in obtaining more information about bamboo! Specialized Teeth: Pandas have special teeth designed for their bamboo diet. Strong jaw muscles and broad molars help them efficiently crush process, evaluate, and assess bamboo stems. Oreo can also assess her food and gather information about its taste using her teeth.
  • 20. Oreo’s bamboo location information seeking! Oreo looks for any signs and information that can be a sign of the location of bamboo (information seeking). She relies on her body’s abilities such as smelling bamboo to find bamboo.
  • 21. Oreo communicates with her friends through vocalizations, body language, scent marking, and tactile interactions.
  • 22. Using her body ability to convey information about her space! Territorial Behavior: Pandas establish and defend their territories using scent marking and vocalizations, showing awareness of their environment. Oreo marks her territory with scents and sounds, communicating with a playful squirrel that occasionally enters her space.
  • 23. Learning skills through body! Climbing Skills: Pandas are capable climbers, and their ability to climb trees is both a defensive mechanism and a way to access different parts of their habitat. Oreo practices climbing to gather information about how to climb.
  • 24. Oreo benefits from misleading information! Pattern Recognition: Pandas' distinctive black and white body serves a dual purpose. This pattern helps them blend in, reducing the risk of detection by predators or potential threats. Other animals cannot find Oreo because of the misleading information they receive due to Oreo’s black and white body.
  • 25. Discussion Leading These are the Gifts for those who answer
  • 26. Question 1 1. If our thoughts were designed by dance moves, how might Embodied Cognition redefine the way we understand the mind-body connection?
  • 27. Question 2 2. If Oreo had a podcast, what unique insights about her information and communication practices might she share?
  • 28. Question 3 4. Imagine a day in the life of Oreo as a detective solving mysteries using her unique panda senses. What kind of adventures would she embark on, and how would her embodied cognition play a key role?