About Us

Welcome! We are two psychologists who are interested in developing a more coherent, naturalised approach to the scientific study of human behaviour.

Andrew D. Wilson (email) studies the perceptual control of action, with a special interest in learning. I had the good fortune to be turned onto the work of James Gibson, the dynamical systems approach and embodied cognition during my PhD at Indiana University. This non-representational, non-computational, radical embodied cognitive science is at odds with the dominant cognitive neuroscience approach, but provides an over-arching theoretical framework that I believe psychology is otherwise missing. My plan for my activity here is to review the theoretical and empirical basis for this approach, to organise my thoughts as I develop my research programme.
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Sabrina Golonka (email) studies similarity and categorisation. Although I'm technically a cognitive psychologist, I reject the representational approach common to most work on cognition. I see dynamical systems / embodied cognition as an alternative to representation, and I want to think about how to study similarity and categorisation from this perspective. My goals on this blog are to wade through arguments for and against representation, to learn more about dynamical systems and embodied cognition, and to think about the state of psychology as a science.

Contact us!
School of Social, Psychological & Communication Sciences
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Leeds Metropolitan University
Civic Quarter
Calverley Street
Leeds LS1 3HE
Lab Blog (with links to publications

Publications from the blog
Charles, E. P., Golonka, S. & Wilson, A. D. The Most Important Thing Neuropragmatism Can Do: Providing an Alternative to ‘Cognitive’ Neuroscience. In Pragmatist Neurophilosophy: American Philosophy and the Brain, J.R. Shook & T. Solymosi, Eds, pg 127-149. Download

Wilson, A. D., & Golonka, S. (2013). Embodied Cognition is Not What you Think It Is. Frontiers in Psychology, 4. Download

Golonka, S., & Wilson, A. D. (2012). Gibson’s ecological approach - a model for the benefits of a theory driven psychology. Avant, 3(2), 40-53. Download
Twitter: @PsychScientists
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