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IEEE Haptics Podcast on the Enactive Torch January 11, 2013

Posted by Tom Froese in General, Presentations, Publications.
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Our paper on the Enactive Torch, entitled The Enactive Torch: A New Tool for the Science of Perception, which was published in IEEE Transactions on Haptics, is discussed in that journal’s latest podcast. The coverage starts at 11:00.

New technology for consciousness science July 11, 2012

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In this forthcoming paper the motivations and methods for the Enactive Torch are described in more detail:

Using Human–Computer Interfaces to Investigate ‘Mind-As-It-Could-Be’ from the First-Person Perspective

Tom Froese • Keisuke Suzuki • Yuta Ogai •Takashi Ikegami

There is a growing community of researchers who are interested in establishing a science of the experiential or ‘lived’ aspects of the human mind. This shift from cognitive science to consciousness science presents a profound challenge to synthetic approaches. To be sure, symbolic artificial intelligence constituted the original foundation of cognitive science; subsequent progress in robotics has helped to pioneer a new understanding of the mind as essentially embodied, situated, and dynamical, while artificial life has informed the concept of biological self-organization. However, with regard to the development of a science of the experienced mind, the relevance of these synthetic approaches still remains uncertain. We propose to address the challenge of first-person experience by designing new human–computer interfaces, which aim to artificially mediate a participant’s sensorimotor loop such that novel kinds of experience can emerge for the user. The advantage of this synthetic approach is that computer interface technology enables us to systematically vary the ways in which participants experience the world and thereby allows us to systematically investigate ‘mind-as-it-could-be’ from the first-person perspective. We illustrate the basic principles of this method by drawing on examples from our research in sensory substitution, virtual reality, and interactive installation.

IEEE Transactions on Haptics July 11, 2012

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What is it like to use the Enactive Torch? The first systematic study of the experience of using this devise is going to come out soon in IEEE Transactions on Haptics. The title and abstract are as follows.

The Enactive Torch: A New Tool for the Science of Perception

Tom Froese, Marek McGann, William Bigge, Adam Spiers, and Anil K. Seth

The cognitive sciences are increasingly coming to terms with the embodied, embedded, extended, and experiential aspects of the mind. Exemplifying this shift, the enactive approach points to an essential role of goal-directed bodily activity in the generation of meaningful perceptual experience, i.e., sense-making. Here, building on recent insights into the transformative effects of practical tool-use, we make use of the enactive approach in order to provide a definition of an enactive interface in terms of augmented sense-making. We introduce such a custom-built interface, the Enactive Torch, and present a study of its experiential effects. The results demonstrate that the user experience is not adequately captured by any standardly assumed perceptual modality; rather, it is a new feeling that is mediated by the design of the device and shaped by the overall situation of the task. Taken together these findings show that there is much to be gained by synergies between engineering and the cognitive sciences in the creation of new experience-centered technology. We suggest that the guiding principle should be the design of interfaces that serve as a transparent medium for augmenting our natural skills of interaction with the world, instead of requiring conscious attention to the interface as an opaque object in the world.

General updates October 14, 2011

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New references have been added to the Publications, Presentations, and Literature pages.

More updates coming soon!

ET Features in Ad!dict Inspiration November 17, 2008

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The Enactive Torch is being featured in ‘Ad!dict Inspiration’ book #29: ‘in.tangiable.scape.s’

Here is the blurb: Addictlab’s 29th Inspiration book comes out next week! Called In.Tangible.Scape.s, it’s about emerging technologies and the vision of creative people from all over the world on that topic. Supported by IMEC, and collaborations from MOMA NY, Design Incubator centre Singapore, Domus Academy Italy, and many more…

Cover of Ad!dict #27

Cover of Ad!dict #27

The article refers to Tom’s presentation of the Enactive Torch at Test.Lab Multimodal in Rotterdam last Feburary.

The book can be previewed here, the Enactive Torch article is on page 69 of the book (page 71 of the electronic preview).

Enactive Interfaces 2008 October 7, 2008

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The latest work with the Enactive Torch is now in press for this year’s Enactive Interfaces conference in Pisa, Italy. A PDF copy of the paper can be downloaded here.

Investigating the role of movement in the constitution of spatial perception using the Enactive Torch

L. Grespan, T. Froese, E. A. Di Paolo, A. K. Seth, A. Spiers and W. Bigge

This paper reports an exploratory study designed to clarify whether the Enactive Torch, a custom-built minimalist distance-to-tactile perceptual supplementation device, can be used to investigate the role of embodied action in the perception of external spatiality. By constraining the kind of exploratory movements available to the participants, we create an experimental setup in which it is possible to study the relationship between bodily degrees of freedom and spatial perception. We present a preliminary investigation of the strategies used by minimally trained participants to locate various objects placed in front of them by engaging in active exploration under constrained conditions.

Cognitive Science Research Paper 593 December 5, 2007

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A slightly updated, extended and better formatted version of the “Toward a Phenomenological Pragmatics of Enactive Perception” publication has been released as Cognitive Science Research Paper 593 by the University of Sussex.

This improved version of the paper can be downloaded from here.