General Purpose

The overall purpose of our research goup is, first, to enhance the understanding of perception and action, and second, to apply this understanding to the benefits people with perceptual and perceptual-motor disabilities.  To achieve these goals we consider recent advances related to Gibson’s ecological approach to visual perception and Berstein’s approach to motor control, in many cases combined with the theory of nonlinear dynamical systems. We choose these approaches because of their common inclination to avoid scientific explanations based on hypothetical internal constructs such as representations and inferences. Rather than explanations based on hypothetical internal constructs—which often translate problems to internal structures rather than to solve the problems—we aim to achieve explanations with concepts such as ecological optics, natural law, self-organization, emergence, and the physical structure of perception-action systems. Our applications of these ideas include the construction of and research with sensory substitution devices for visually impaired.

Currently active lines of research

1.- An Embodied Approach to Sensory Substitution for the Visually Impaired
Responsible researcher: Alex Díaz
2.- Active Exploration in Dynamic Touch
Responsible researcher: Lorena Lobo
3.- Multiscale Dynamics and Classic Phenomena in Psychology
Responsible researcher: Jorge Ibáñez-Gijón
4.- Direct Learning
Responsible researcher: David M. Jacobs
5.- Adjustments of Reaching Movements and Obstacle Avoidance
Responsible researcher: Mª Pilar Aivar
6.- Haptic Space and the Perception of Parallelism
Responsible researcher: David Travieso

CREASEC I, II, & III: Cognition and Representation in the Non-Symbolic Programs in Cognitive Science
Coordinator: Francisco Calvo