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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Whitehead lecture-"Integrating cultural experience with realtime perception: temporal dynamics of visual systems", 2nd Oct 2013, Goldsmiths, London, UK


The first Whitehead lecture of the autumn term 2013 will be given by Sarah Bro Padersen, University
of Southern Denmark, Institute of Language and Communication, at 4pm Wednesday 2nd October and 
will be entitled "Integrating cultural experience with realtime perception: temporal dynamics of 
visual systems".

 An abstract for the lecture and short biography for the speaker are appended below.

 The lecture will take place at 4pm on  Wednesday 2nd October in the Ben Pimlott lecture theatre at
 Goldsmiths College .

 PLEASE PUBLICISE: a colour display poster can be downloaded from 

 Integrating cultural experience with realtime perception: temporal dynamics of visual systems - Sarah Bro Padersen

 ABSTRACT: With Gibson (1986) I reject the hypothesis that the environment is perceived with our 
eyes. Rather, perception depends on: the eyes in the head on a body supported by the ground, the 
brain being only the central organ of a complete visual system (Gibson 1986: 1). Gibsons approach
to perception expanded the perceptual system in space but not in time. Goodwin (1994; 2002; 2003; 
2007) on the other hand, examines the temporal and sociological aspect of how the environment 
affords various perceptions amongst distinctive groups of individuals. For instance, by linking 
professionals situated cognition to processes of classification that guide relevant 
action-perception cycles, he shows how they are able to achieve a successful outcome in realtime. 
As repetitive interaction sculptures categorical patterns and forms over time, practitioners are 
provided with a professional vision (Goodwin, 1994). That is, an expert view that over time becomes
materialised into artefacts with inherent cultural meaning that symbolises a unique domain of 

In this talk I present qualitative investigations of how human perception stems from cultural 
knowledge and realtime flexible, adaptive behaviour in a medical arena. Relating Goodwins term 
professional vision to Gibsons visual system, it is demonstrated how perception is embedded 
in an extended space-time. Hence, what a medical practitioner sees, feels and perceives is both 
socially pre-organised through material-cultural artefacts and the implementation of procedures 
and narratives, and it is dynamical, anticipative and situated (Pedersen and Steffensen, in press).

BRIEF BIO: Sarah Bro Pedersen draws on qualitative approaches within the cognitive sciences and 
the language sciences when she studies how people  through interactivity (cognitive and linguistic
processes)  are able to link bodies, expressive features of the environment and meaning. A 
methodological concern, thus, falls on how interactivity connects the rapid processes of realtime 
coaction with situation transcendent processes of social knowledge, norms and meaning  in a way 
that forms results.
In 2012, Sarah received the Elite Research Scholarship granted by The Danish Ministry of Research,
Innovation and Higher Education.
Sarah has worked at various labs around the world including: Gothenburg University, with Professor
Per Linell; The University of California San Diego, with Professor David Kirsch; Stanford 
University with Professor Michael L. Anderson; University of California, Berkeley, with Professor 
Claire Kramsch.

Sarah is currently visiting Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is working on issues 
related to embedded perception with Professor Mark Bishop.

Dr. J.M. Bishop,
- Professor of Cognitive Computing,
 - Chair, Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), 
Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK,
 SE14 6NW