Chris Sims, Grad Student Presentations

 

Chris Sims, Grad Student Presentations

Sage 4101

April 23, 2008 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Nearly all of human activity can be described as an intricately coordinated dance of low-level cognitive, perceptual, and motor components, each taking small steps of progress towards a larger goal. In my research, I am interested in answering a general question that follows from this perspective: How are the cognitive, perceptual, and motor processes underlying skilled human activity coordinated and deployed in a manner that is both efficient and relevant to the immediate tasks and goals facing the individual? As I will argue, routine interactive behavior recruits and exploits intricate knowledge of the dynamics and interdependencies among each of its components (motor control, cognition, and perception). As a consequence, fully understanding routine interactive behavior demands that the components be studied with an explicit recognition of their fundamental interdependencies. Evidence from two experiments will be provided in support of this argument.

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