The 4E Cognition Group started taking shape in early 2015 after Tom Froese began giving postgraduate courses at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) on new directions in cognitive science and on evolutionary robotics. Several students started working with him, and as the number of collaborations and projects continued to grow, it became necessary to unify these activities in the form of a research group.

The group name was chosen because the diverse range of research projects are nevertheless unified in their focus on studying how the mind is Embodied, Embedded, Extended, and Enactive (hence, 4E).


Research in this group is made possible with the institutional backing of the Research Institute for Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS) of UNAM and with financial support of the following projects:

  • 2017-2018: “Explorando los alcances de la auto-organización social: desde la cultura hasta la célula” (UNAM-DGAPA-PAPIIT IA104717)
  • 2015-2018: “Análisis de redes complejas en sistemas biológicos y sociales” (SEP – CONACYT CB-2013-01 221341)
  • 2015-2017: “Modelando la evolución de sistemas sociales en Mesoamérica con base en la teoría de juegos” (UNAM-DGAPA-PAPIIT IA102415)

Some group members also receive support from the Center for Complexity Sciences (C3).


Members of our group have access to the library and other facilities of IIMAS, including the super computing power of the “Laboratorio Universitario de Cómputo de Alto Rendimiento“.

We also make use of different custom-built human-computer interfaces, especially the Enactive Torch and the Perceptual Crossing platform.