The Department of Psychology and the CBS Colloquium Series will present a talk, titled “Exploratory Movement in Affordance Perception, or, the Kinesiology of Epistemology,” with Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D. Friday, February 13, at 2 p.m. in 48 DeGarmo Hall.

Stoffregen is a professor in the school of kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include perception and action, human factors, control of posture and orientation, ecological psychology, embodied cognition, and coordination dynamics.

Colloquium abstract

Epistemology is the study of how knowledge gets into the head. Classically, epistemology is an area of philosophy. Recent theory and empirical research in the behavioral sciences suggest that epistemology may have a basis that is more concrete and, ultimately, more embodied. In this talk, Stoffregen will briefly review broad concepts of epistemology. His focus will be on recent empirical research that documents a fundamental role for skilled movement in the generation and pickup of information about the world.

CBS Colloquium Series

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The CBS Colloquium Series brings high caliber researchers to the Illinois State University campus to share their work with the local academic community. Individual faculty members invite speakers to campus based on their interests. The Department of Psychology also invites alumni to speak in the series in an effort to maintain strong connections with former students and provide them with a chance to pass on their knowledge to current students. The series provides both faculty and students with a variety of professional development opportunities and allows students to network with professionals in their field of study.

This speaker series is funded by the Department of Psychology and the College of Arts and Sciences. To support the Department of Psychology and help enhance its educational mission with advanced teaching methods, guest speakers, and more opportunities for students to learn through research experiences, please consider making a gift to the department through the Illinois State University Foundation.