An encounter between Attachment Theory and 4e Cognition

Petters, Dean and Waters, Everett (2015) An encounter between Attachment Theory and 4e Cognition. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on `From Mental Illness to Disorder and Diversity: New Directions in the Philosophical and Scientific Understanding of Mental Disorder. The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB).

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A number of research questions arise from an encounter between the elements of 4e cognition and Attachment Theory. These include: (1) whether the Attachment Theory concept of Internal Working Models should be understood in terms of analogue representations more in line with embodied cognition, in addition to traditional cognitivist representations like linguistically mediated narrative measures of attachment meaning?; (2) are infant-carer dyads best thought of as environments of contextual embedding for infant cognition or as an arrangement where the carer can actually extend the infant mind?; and (3) are attachment phenomena best thought of in traditional representational terms or should the attachment control system be reframed in enactive terms where traditional cognitivist representations are: (3i) substituted for sensorimotor skill-focused mediating representations, (3ii) viewed as arising from autopoietic living organism and/or (3iii) mostly composed from the non-contentful mechanisms of basic minds?; A theme that cross-cuts these research questions is how representations for capturing meaning, and structures for adaptive control, are both required to explain the full range of behaviour of interest to Attachment Theory researchers. Implications are considered for future empirical and computational modelling research, and clinical interventions.

Item Type: Book Section
20 April 2015Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptive control systems, Biology, Adaptive Control, Analogue representation, Clinical interventions, Computational modelling, Embodied cognition, Living organisms, Research questions, Theory concept, Computation theory
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 11:46
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:42

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