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 are interested in the study, understanding, and computational modeling of the predictive, attentional, and emotional mechanisms involved in embodied cognitive processes. Additionally, we study the interaction between perception and action, affordances, motor control, internal models, and sense of agency.

The study of embodied and grounded predictions are of special interest. In this regard, we consider prediction error minimization as being one of the most representative examples of a cognitive process. Thus, the understanding of the mechanisms and processes related to prediction error, such as its detection, its minimization, and the monitoring of prediction error dynamics, is the main aim of our research. Finally, we are and the predictive mechanisms embedded in perceptual systems in biological and artificial agents are of special interest.