Talk: Dynamics of Embodied Memory: Temporality, Spatiality, and Sociality

The Marsilius-Kolleg is organizing a conference series on the topic of comprehensive anthropology.

Next month the series will start with an International Conference on the Formation of Embodied Memory, which will take place at the University of Heidelberg, April 6-8. I was invited to give a talk:

Dynamics of Embodied Memory: Temporality, Spatiality, and Sociality

Tom Froese

This talk presents a dynamical systems analysis of the temporal processes that contribute to the constitution of embodied memory. Three kinds of extra-neural processes will be considered: 1) physiological dynamics, 2) movement dynamics, and 2) social interaction dynamics. Their potential to serve as forms of memory will be illustrated on the basis of three simple agent-based models. These examples help to demonstrate the problems faced by a purely brain-based account of the self and its capacities. They also support the adoption of a broader notion of forgetting, which takes into account the cognitive effects of undergoing changes in one’s relationship to the spatial and social environment, for example displacement from one’s home and separation from one’s acquaintances.



  1. Abel Mendiola said,

    March 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Dr. Froese, when you talk about physiological dynamics, you are talking about Electroencephalograms, Electromyograms, Electrocardiograms and variation of chemestry in blood?

  2. Abel Mendiola said,

    March 28, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    When you are talking about movement dynamics, you ar talking about position, velocity the agent?

  3. Abel Mendiola said,

    March 28, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Dr. Froese, related to social interaction dynamics, which are they? Cooperation, explotation?

    • Tom Froese said,

      March 30, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Dear Abel,

      With physiology I mean bodily processes that are slower then neural activity. A paradigmatic example could be hormonal changes, but other processes are also possible. Yes, movement dynamics is related to spatial embedding of the agent. Social dynamics can be many different kinds. What is important is that the interaction process self-maintains its dynamics.


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