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TEDxCooperUnion- Maria Brincker- The Age Of Context

Maria Brincker received her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2011. She is currently an Arts & Neuroscience fellow at the Italian Academy for advanced studies in America at Columbia University and will be Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UMass Boston starting Fall 2012. Brincker has previously taught philosophy at the Fashion Institute of Technology, City College, Long Island University and LaGuardia Community College.Her doctoral thesis Moving Beyond Mirroring -- a social affordance model of sensorimotor integration is a critical analysis of the traditional theoretical frameworks surrounding the neurological discovery and popularization of so-called mirror neurons. Brincker proposes an alternative "social affordance model" for understanding these sensorimotor processes and their various cognitive functions. The case study of mirror neuron research is used to advocate at a broader paradigm shift towards more relational and embodied frameworks for understanding the mind.While at Columbia University's Italian Academy Brincker has developed and expanded the framework of 'social affordances' in multiple directions, hereunder to the area aesthetics. Brincker proposes that to get a fruitful dialog between neuroscience and aesthetics we need to analyze what she calls the "aesthetic stance" and the various kinds of aesthetic affordances that supports the specific cognitive modes of beholders.About TEDx, x = independently organized eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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