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    In recent years, language has been shown to play a number of important cognitive roles over and above the communication of thoughts. One hypothesis gaining support is that language facilitates thought about abstract categories, such as democracy or prediction. To test this proposal, a novel set of semantic memory task trials, designed for assessing abstract thought non-linguistically, were normed for levels of abstractness. The trials were rated as more or less abstract to the degree that ans…Read more
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    Effects of Agent-Environment Symmetry on the Coordination Dynamics of Triadic Jumping
    with Akifumi Kijima, Hiroyuki Shima, Motoki Okumura, and Yuji Yamamoto
    Frontiers in Psychology 8. 2017.
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    Relational Recognition, Educational Liminality, and Teacher–Student Relationships
    Studies in Philosophy and Education 38 (5): 453-466. 2019.
    Theories about relationships impact the ways in which we imagine that teachers and students can or should interact. These theories often involve either individualistic or relational assumptions. A contrast has been made between theories that assume that the individual is primary, and the relationship secondary, and those that assume that the relationship is primary and the individual secondary. Roughly mapping on to these assumptions are the implications that educational relationships either oug…Read more
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    Complex Dynamical Systems in Human Development
    with Ralf F. A. Cox, Ruud J. R. Den Hartigh, Chen Yu, and Till D. Frank
    Complexity 2019 1-3. 2019.
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    A Hierarchical Behavioral Dynamic Approach for Naturally Adaptive Human-Agent Pick-and-Place Interactions
    with Maurice Lamb, Patrick Nalepka, Rachel W. Kallen, Tamara Lorenz, Steven J. Harrison, and Ali A. Minai
    Complexity 2019 1-16. 2019.
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    To Pass or Not to Pass: Modeling the Movement and Affordance Dynamics of a Pick and Place Task
    with Maurice Lamb, Rachel W. Kallen, Steven J. Harrison, Mario Di Bernardo, and Ali Minai
    Frontiers in Psychology 8. 2017.
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    Religious literacy, moral recognition, and strong relationality
    Journal of Moral Education 46 (4): 363-377. 2017.
    Several proposals for addressing religious literacy or including religious content in American public schools point to potential advantages for intellectual and moral development. These proposals include moral arguments, which suggest that religious literacy is an individual and social good. Although the proposals selected for this analysis span the previous two decades, it appears that little progress has been made toward addressing religious literacy in American public school contexts. In this…Read more
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    The event-code: Not the solution to a problem, but a problem to be solved
    with Claire F. Michaels
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (5): 901-902. 2001.
    We commend the argument that perception and action are tightly coupled. We claim that the argument is not new, that uniting stimulus and response codes is not a problem for a cognitive system, only for psychologists who assume them, and that the Theory of Event Coding (TEC)'s event-codes are arbitrary and ungrounded. Affordances and information offer the common basis for perception-action (and even for event-codes).
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    Social connection through joint action and interpersonal coordination
    with Kerry L. Marsh and R. C. Schmidt
    Topics in Cognitive Science 1 (2): 320-339. 2009.
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    Creating Time: Social Collaboration in Music Improvisation
    with Ashley E. Walton, Auriel Washburn, Peter Langland-Hassan, Anthony Chemero, and Heidi Kloos
    Topics in Cognitive Science 10 (1): 95-119. 2018.
    Musical collaboration emerges from the complex interaction of environmental and informational constraints, including those of the instruments and the performance context. Music improvisation in particular is more like everyday interaction in that dynamics emerge spontaneously without a rehearsed score or script. We examined how the structure of the musical context affords and shapes interactions between improvising musicians. Six pairs of professional piano players improvised with two different …Read more
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    A 'narrowing of inquiry' in American moral psychology and education
    with Brent D. Slife
    Journal of Moral Education 42 (2): 193-208. 2013.
    We explore the possibility that a priori philosophical commitments continue to result in a narrowing of inquiry in moral psychology and education where theistic worldviews are concerned. Drawing from the theories of Edward L. Thorndike and John Dewey, we examine naturalistic philosophical commitments that influenced the study of moral psychology and moral education in the USA. We then address the question of whether these foundational naturalistic commitments can be rendered as compatible with t…Read more
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    Eroding the Boundaries of Cognition: Implications of Embodiment1
    Topics in Cognitive Science 4 (4): 717-730. 2012.
    To accept that cognition is embodied is to question many of the beliefs traditionally held by cognitive scientists. One key question regards the localization of cognitive faculties. Here we argue that for cognition to be embodied and sometimes embedded, means that the cognitive faculty cannot be localized in a brain area alone. We review recent research on neural reuse, the 1/f structure of human activity, tool use, group cognition, and social coordination dynamics that we believe demonstrates h…Read more