From Bricks to Brains:
The Embodied Cognitive Science of LEGO Robots
Michael Dawson, Brian Dupuis, and Michael Wilson
Athabasca University Press, Edmonton
About the Book
From Bricks to Brains introduces embodied cognitive science, and illustrates its foundational ideas
through the construction and observation of LEGO Mindstorms robots.
Discussing the characteristics that distinguish embodied cognitive science from classical cognitive
science, From Bricks to Brains places a renewed emphasis on sensing and acting, the importance of
embodiment, the exploration of distributed notions of control, and the development of theories by
synthesizing simple systems and exploring their behaviour. Numerous examples are used to illustrate
a key theme: the importance of an agent’s environment. Even simple agents, such as LEGO robots,
are capable of exhibiting complex behaviour when they can sense and affect the world around them.