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Extended active inference: Constructing predictive cognition beyond skulls

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Cognitive niche construction is the process whereby organisms create and maintain cause���effect models of their niche as guides for fitness influencing behavior. Extended mind theory claims that cognitive processes extend beyond the brain to include predictable states of the world. Active inference and predictive processing in cognitive science assume that organisms embody predictive (i.e., generative) models of the world optimized by standard cognitive functions (e.g., perception, action, learning). This paper presents an active inference formulation that views cognitive niche construction as a cognitive function aimed at optimizing organisms' generative models. We call that process of optimization extended active inference.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Constant, A., Clark, A., Kirchhoff, M., & Friston, K. J. (2022). Extended active inference: Constructing predictive cognition beyond skulls. Mind and Language, 37(3), 373-394. doi:10.1111/mila.12330

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85097015254

Start Page


  • 373

End Page


  • 394

Volume


  • 37

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Cognitive niche construction is the process whereby organisms create and maintain cause���effect models of their niche as guides for fitness influencing behavior. Extended mind theory claims that cognitive processes extend beyond the brain to include predictable states of the world. Active inference and predictive processing in cognitive science assume that organisms embody predictive (i.e., generative) models of the world optimized by standard cognitive functions (e.g., perception, action, learning). This paper presents an active inference formulation that views cognitive niche construction as a cognitive function aimed at optimizing organisms' generative models. We call that process of optimization extended active inference.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Constant, A., Clark, A., Kirchhoff, M., & Friston, K. J. (2022). Extended active inference: Constructing predictive cognition beyond skulls. Mind and Language, 37(3), 373-394. doi:10.1111/mila.12330

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85097015254

Start Page


  • 373

End Page


  • 394

Volume


  • 37

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication