Cognitive Integration: How Culture Transforms Us and Extends our Cognitive Capabilities

Masterclass Richard Menary (Macquarie University)

27Oct2017 09:00 - 12:00


If cognition is fundamentally interactive how did it come to be so? The Cognitive Integration framework provides an answer: Phylogenetically early forms of cognition, in humans, involve sensorimotor interactions with the environment; these are built upon by more recent cultural innovations, that are a product of cultural evolution and niche construction. The key cultural innovations are symbolic representations and the normative cognitive practices that govern their manipulation. These representational systems and cognitive practices are preserved across generations by cultural inheritance. Phylogenetically early sensorimotor capacities for making and manipulating tools can be reused to create and manipulate representations when completing cognitive tasks. Reuse depends upon neural plasticity and social learning, which results in the transformation of our cognitive capacities. The paper also provides a dimensional analysis of integrated cognitive systems and provides responses to recent criticisms.  

Date and location:

27 October 2017 from 09:00 till 12:00
Room E1.07, Oude Manhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam


Registration is open to bachelor students, master students and PhD's.


The course will be given in English. Participants are advised that knowledge of scientific terms in English is required.

How to apply

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Please note that registration is obligatory with information of the student's curriculum.
Deadline registration: 25 October 2017
Maximum of participants: 20

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