Center Seminar Series

The Extended Mind, Consciousness, and the Importance of Reading Fiction: An Alternative Cognitive Psychology


Monday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for registration and social time.

Plaza Branch - KCMO Public Library - Large Meeting Room


According to proponents of the extended mind thesis, the demarcation of the internal mental domain from the external physical world is not as straightforward as it seems. At times, the mind "extends" beyond an organism's brain and body to include objects and even other people. (Consider how reliant we are on so-called external memory aids and artifacts like Post-It Notes or smartphones.) Dr. Ramey will explore this position and enactivism, as well as their consequences for modern cognitive psychology, the study of consciousness, and the psychology of fiction. This seminar will show the importance of reading fiction and how its study is a central concern for all psychologists.

Christopher H. Ramey, Ph.D.
Christopher H. Ramey, Ph.D.

Christopher H. Ramey, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas. He obtained his Ph.D. from Temple University's Program in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition after graduating from the University of Georgia with concentration in psychology and linguistics. His research interests are in higher-order cognition and span the cognitive and brain sciences, including moral cognition, neuroethics, and psychology of fiction. He has published articles on language acquisition, the conceptual foundations of cognitive science, creativity, and robotics. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and Secretary of APA's Division 24.

 After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe and evaluate various approaches to the study of the mind and consciousness (e.g., cognitive psychological, enactivist); and
  2. Identify how such approaches affect the psychological study of fiction.

The program is free to the public; $30 for a certificate of completion for CME or CEU credit payable at the door by cash, check, or credit card.


Continuing Medical Education Credits

 This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.