Arts and Design Research Incubator to host embodied cognition symposium March 22

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will host a symposium titled “Embodied Cognition and Communities of Practice” from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, in the ADRI, located in 16 Borland Building.

Embodied cognition is an interdisciplinary research program exploring the ways brains, bodies and environment interact to shape thinking and doing. The ADRI has gathered a panel of practitioners from different areas for a robust conversation, to be led by noted neuroscientist Michael Anderson, about how embodied cognition can transform fundamental thinking and practices in different disciplines. A better understanding of the relationship between the brain, body and environment proves essential for enhancing learning, studio practice, healing and social discourse. The symposium will also address questions about the relationship between embodied cognition and technology (including iPhones, digital medical records, tele-presence, virtual reality, and the rapidly changing ways individuals interface with the world and one another).

The ADRI’s intent for hosting this conversation is two-fold — to offer approachable windows of understanding for how embodied (extended, grounded, situated) cognition might be useful in different practical applications and to link communities of practitioners from different domains of research and studio practice, using the bridge of embodied cognition.

Panelists will include Andrew Belser, director of the ADRI and professor in the School of Theatre; Joe Julian, ADRI lead investigator in applied neuroscience and artist-in-residence in the School of Visual Arts; Paul Haidet, director, medical education research, Penn State Hershey Medical Center; Elisha Clark Halpin, ADRI embedded researcher and associate professor and associate director for instruction in the School of Theatre; Jose Duarte, Stuckeman chair in design innovation and director of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing (SCDC); and Kimberly Powell, associate professor of education, art education, and Asian studies.

ADRI provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Arts and Design Research Incubator, located in 16 Borland Building.

All events are free and open to the public, but some do require registration, as space is limited. For more information, visit the ADRI website at

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Last Updated February 21, 2017