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Benefits of embodiment

  • Bruce James MacLennan (a1)


Physical competence is acquired through animals' embodied interaction with their physical environments, and psychological competence is acquired through situated interaction with other agents. The acquired neural models essential to these competencies are implicit and permit more fluent and nuanced behavior than explicit models. The challenge is to understand how such models are acquired and used to control behavior.



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