Research and Publications

Embodied Cognition Laboratory (Laboratorio de Cognición Corporizada - LabCoCo)

How do the body and the context we are situated in shape the way we perceive, think, behave, and feel?

Our research focuses on the study of perceptual, predictive, attentional, and emotional mechanisms under the embodied cognition framework.

The Embodied Cognition Lab provides a context for the integration of multidisciplinary experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches for the study of how the body and situated action cycles grounded in the physical properties of the environment shape cognitive processes. We have a special interest in the study, understanding, and computational modeling of the predictive, attentional, and emotional mechanisms involved in embodied cognitive processes, as well as the study of the interaction between perception and action, affordances, prediction error minimization, prediction error dynamics, and internal models.



Valenzo, D., Ciria, A., Schillaci, G. & Lara, B. (2022). Grounding Context in Embodied Cognitive Robotics. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 16.


Ciria, A. & Lara, B. (under review). Mecanismo cognitivo fundacional: la minimización del error predictivo. Temas controversiales en comportamiento y cognición.

Lara, B. & Ciria, A. (under review). Riesgos de la cognición extendida en la forma tecnológica de vida. Revista más allá de las disciplinas.

Schillaci, G., Ciria, A., Falotico, E., Lara, B. & Laschi, C. (under review). Modulating Multi-Modal Integration in a Robot Forward Model for Sensory Enhancement and Self-Perception. IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems.


Ciria, A., Schillaci, G., Pezzulo, G., Hafner, V. & Lara, B. (2021). Predictive Processing: A Cognitive Robotics Review. Neural Computation, 33(5), 1402–1432.


Santos, V. H., Pardo, M., Ciria, A., & Lara, B. (2020). Evolution of Basic Communication Strategies in Artificial Agents. International Journal of Combinatorial Optimization Problems and Informatics, 12(1), 29-41.

Schillaci, G., Ciria, A., & Lara, B. (2020, October). Tracking Emotions: Intrinsic Motivation Grounded on Multi-Level Prediction Error Dynamics. In 2020 Joint IEEE 10th International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) (pp. 1-8). IEEE.


Ciria, A., López, F., & Lara, B. (2019). Perceived duration: the interplay of top-down attention and task-relevant information. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 490.


Lara, B., Astorga, D., Mendoza-Bock, E., Pardo, M., Escobar, E., & Ciria, A. (2018). Embodied cognitive robotics and the learning of sensorimotor schemes. Adaptive Behavior, 26(5), 225-238.

Lara, B., Ciria, A., Escobar, E., Gaona, W., & Hermosillo, J. (2018). Cognitive robotics: The new challenges in artificial intelligence. Advanced topics on computer vision, control and robotics in Mechatronics, 321-347.

Valenzo, D., Astorga, D., Ciria, A., & Lara, B. (2018). Learning in Biologically Inspired Neural Networks for Robot Control. Advanced Topics on Computer Vision, Control and Robotics in Mechatronics, 131-164.