Event predictive cognition: From predictive sensorimotor processing to event-oriented conceptualizations

07.06.2017 - 17:00
07.06.2017 - 19:00

Prof. Dr. Martin Butz

Cognitive Modeling, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Event predictive cognition suggests that our mind processes events – such as drinking out of a bottle – in a segmented, conceptual manner. Furthermore, theories around predictive information processing and anticipatory behavioral control suggest that our mind continuously considers potential futures, chooses between them in a goal-directed manner, and uses the chosen future to control behavior towards it. Here I suggest that these two theories should be combined, yielding a system that thinks in an anticipatory fashion about possible future events and event boundaries. I will present evidence that implies that such a combination is indeed implemented in our brain. The evidence includes behavioral psychological studies with eye- and motion-tracking techniques, showing that our mind is in an event-segmented future while interacting with objects. Moreover, cognitive systems will be shown that develop conceptual forms of understanding and behavior-oriented hierarchical control models of the encountered, simulated environments, which they explore in a self-motivated manner, learning from the gathered, continuous sensorimotor experiences.