Evan Thompson, PhD – Context Matters: Steps to an Embodied Cognitive Science of Mindfulness.

  1. Integrated exercise of
  2. Brain processes are only partially constituitive
  3. Conceptual mistake to superimpose

Attention isn’t a distinct process, but rather a mode where multiple. Mode of processing is many different processes in cognitive unison. Coherence of brain synchrony. It’s a relational phenomena. Dorsolateral PFC .

Michael Anderson and Luiz Pizzoa. Mapping between neural networks and cognitive processes is liekly to be manay-many. Pluripotent (one-many). Degenerate.

Use embodied cognittive science.


4E’s Model

  1. Embodied – Depth perception by the active observer. Self-generated motor activity directly contributes to content of what you see. David McNeill. Embodied langage and thought. Grounded cognition.
  2. Embedded – Behavior is result of whole
  3. Extended – Michael Tomasello. Cognitive capacities started with an outside view that you internalize. Metacognitive monitoring dependent on social cognition. Merlin Donald. The human brain is a cultural brain. Adapted to the culture of symbolic culture. Memory isn’t just what’s in head.
  4. Enactive – Brings forth a lived world

Its constituent cogntive capacityies include internalized forms of social cogntition.

Mindfulness (in any form) is a social practice.

-Context is consitutive

-Context is irreducibly 4E

Looping effects. Dereifying “mindfulness” through analyses of the social factors at work in mindfulness. Track the looping effects of mindfulness practices.

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