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Perception and Action in the Wild | Cognitive Science

Thursday
Sep 21, 2017
4:10 PM - 5:30 PM

STEPS Building - 290
1 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem PA 18015

Erica Balco Office of Interdisciplinary Programs
610-758-3996
incasip@lehigh.edu

To paraphrase an old line, “What’s a nice cognitive scientist like you doing in a ___ like this?”  In my case, the blank can be filled with robot factory, biopsy suite, or summer camp for the blind. If I had been asked that question as I found myself  in any of those places (at the camp for the blind, in pitch-black surroundings), my answer would have been, pursuing cognitive science and its application.  I look for the sweet spot that bridges interesting basic issues to human performance in settings where time and space are critical, and even small improvements matter.  I will talk not only about examples of this approach, but also about general principles that guide my choice of problems and methods by which I attempt to enhance perceptually guided action.

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