From Bricks to Brains: The Embodied Cognitive Science of LEGO Robots

May 1, 2010|
From Bricks to Brains: The Embodied Cognitive Science of LEGO Robots by Michael Dawson
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From Bricks to Brains introduces embodied cognitive science and illustrates its foundational ideas through the construction and observation of LEGO Mindstorms robots.

Discussing the characteristics that distinguish embodied cognitive science from classical cognitive science, From Bricks to Brains places a renewed emphasis on sensing and acting, the importance of embodiment, the exploration of distributed notions of control, and the development of theories by synthesizing simple systems and exploring their behaviour. Numerous examples are used to illustrate a key theme: the importance of an agent’s environment. Even simple agents, such as LEGO robots, are capable of exhibiting complex behaviour when they can sense and affect the world around them.

Michael Dawson is a professor of psychology at the University of Alberta. He is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as Understanding Cognitive Science, Minds and Machines, and Connectionism: A Hands-on Approach. Brian Dupuis is a research assistant in psychology at the University of Alberta. Michael Wilson is a biology maj...
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Title:From Bricks to Brains: The Embodied Cognitive Science of LEGO RobotsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.7 inShipping dimensions:352 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.7 inPublished:May 1, 2010Publisher:Athabasca University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897425783

ISBN - 13:9781897425787

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