Michael L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, PA 17604
University Of Maryland
michael -dot- anderson -at- fandm -dot- edu
College Park, MD 20742
The Massive Redeployment Hypothesis
, M. Penner-Wilger
Representative Publications: "Neural reuse: A fundamental organizational principle of the brain","Neural reuse in the evolution and development of the brain: Evidence for developmental homology?", "The massive redeployment hypothesis and the functional topography of the brain", "Evolution of cognitive function via redeployment of brain areas", "Massive redeployment, exaptation, and the functional integration of cognitive operations", "An alternative view of the relation between finger gnosis and math ability: Redeployment of finger representations for the representation of number", "On the grounds of x-grounded cognition", "Circuit sharing and the implementation of intelligent systems"
Neuro-Image based Co-Activation Matrix (NICAM) database project
Applications of the project include understanding the basic functional structure of the cortex, and relating fMRI to EEG data to support such medical applications as epileptic seizure prediction. A special project website can be found here.
Researchers: M. L. Anderson, A. Chaovalitwongse
Representative Publications:"Investigating functional cooperation in the human cortex with graph-theoretic methods", "Brain network analysis of seizure evolution"
Brain Mechanisms Supporting the Understanding of Action Sentences
The project uses state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques in conjunction with computational modeling to investigate the brain mechanisms that support language understanding. Initial experiments will investigate the action-sentence compatibility effect.
Researchers: M. L. Anderson, T. Chemero, B. Seeley
Representative Publications:(none yet)
The Fundamentals of Embodied Cognition
Researchers: M. L. Anderson
Representative Publications:, "Eroding the boundaries of cognition: Implications for embodiment" "Embodied cognition: A field guide" and "How to study the mind: An introduction to embodied cognition", "On the grounds of x-grounded cognition"
The Guidance Theory of Representation
, G. Rosenberg
Representative Publications: "Affordances and intentionality", "Content and action: the guidance theory of representation", "A brief introduction to the guidance theory of representation" and "Representation, evolution and embodiment".
The Metacognitive Loop
An investigation of the thesis that metacognitive monitoring and control (in a form we call the metacognitive loop, or MCL) can play an important role in improving the perturbation tolerance of real-world agents, that is, their ability to detect and recover from errors or unexpected changes. We have shown that adding an MCL component can improve the performance of a diverse range of systems from natural-language human-computer interfaces to simple Q-learners. A more specialized project along these same lines is an investigation into the use of metalanguage in conversation, and its role in helping maintain the fluidity, flexibility and error-tolerance of human-human dialog.
Researchers: M. L. Anderson, T. Oates, D. Perlis
The Multiple Modes Theory of Epistemic Openness
TheRoots of Self-Awareness
An investigation of the structural underpinnings of self-awareness, including both an abstract, logical account of how to build a genuinely self-referring artificial agent, and a biological account of the role of somatoception in supporting and structuring self-awareness in general.
Researchers: M. L. Anderson, D. Perlis
Representative Publications:"The roots of self-awareness" (preprint, published version)