Human Interactivity and Language Lab
Human Interactivity and Language Lab operates at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw. It gathers people interested in the importance of interactivity for human cognition. We study basic and natural (physical, situated, embodied and value-laden) interactions of people with each other and with the world, seeking in them both sources and motivations for cognitive processes and structures.
As the most important, fascinating and difficult problem we consider how from such interactions structured patterns, such as language, emerge, stabilize and change, making cognition collective in many ways and over many time-scales: evolutionary, cultural, developmental, ‘social’ & on-line.
Our main theoretical and methodological inspirations come from dynamical systems approaches to living systems and cognition, ecological and enactive psychology, and semiotics, as a pragmatic frame helpful for discovering meaningful relations that form the infrastructure for symbolic systems.
Since 2010 we organize Peripatetic Conferences on Cognitive Systems Modeling. Conferences take place in the mountains and consist of talks and long hikes which provide opportunities for extended discussions. We believe that the rarefied mountain air and the physical exertion bring our brains to another level of functioning.