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Radical Embodied Cognitive Science of Human Behavior: Skill Acquisition, Expertise and Talent Development

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Radical embodied cognitive science as an approach emphasizes the relationship between body and the environment or ecosystem. Often perceived as being relevant to motor behavior and other "lower" cognitive functions, it is nevertheless an approach that also addresses the full range of psychosocial activity, ...

Radical embodied cognitive science as an approach emphasizes the relationship between body and the environment or ecosystem. Often perceived as being relevant to motor behavior and other "lower" cognitive functions, it is nevertheless an approach that also addresses the full range of psychosocial activity, including the experience, mindset, interactions or other "higher" functions.

The Research Topic will bring together examples of theoretical and empirical research which illustrate how radical embodied cognitive science casts new light on questions of traditionally "higher" functions, or directly challenges traditional conceptualizations of those functions.

Contributions following enactive paradigm, dynamical system theory, ecological psychology, behavioral dynamics and ecological dynamics perspectives are welcome in the perspective of grounding radical embodied cognitive science to human behavior. Research questioning how knowledge, talent, skill, expertise, experience and sense-making are developed, are especially encouraged. Following radical embodied cognitive science, skill acquisition is further envisaged as a destabilization-reorganization process, rather than a putative process based on explicit knowledge and mental representation. In such a way, the behavioral variability observed at every skill level is not necessarily viewed as a deviance from an expert model but could further express individual adaptability to a set of interacting constraints. Research projects that address the functional role of behavioral variability during skill acquisition and the dynamics of expertise are considered appropriate. Following the same perspective, research projects that consider the idea of talent development as a dynamical process rather than estimating talent as based on a series of tests, will fit well with this Research Topic. Finally, this Research Topic will also consider how embodied cognition deals with intention, consciousness, decision-making, strategies, reasoning, problem-solving, and interactions.

Accepted article types include Original Research, Hypothesis & Theory, Review, Perspective, Conceptual Analysis, and Opinion.


Keywords: Sense making, Experience, Enaction, Decision-making, Affordances


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