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Grounding Cognition : The Role of Perception and Action in Memory, Language, and Thinking - Diane Pecher

Grounding Cognition

The Role of Perception and Action in Memory, Language, and Thinking

By: Diane Pecher (Editor), Rolf A. Zwaan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 9th September 2010
ISBN: 9780521168571
Number Of Pages: 336

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One of the key questions in cognitive psychology is how people represent knowledge about concepts such as football or love. Some researchers have proposed that concepts are represented in human memory by the sensorimotor systems that underlie interaction with the outside world. These theories represent developments in cognitive science to view cognition no longer in terms of abstract information processing, but in terms of perception and action. In other words, cognition is grounded in embodied experiences. Studies show that sensory perception and motor actions support understanding of words and object concepts. Moreover, even understanding of abstract and emotion concepts can be shown to rely on more concrete, embodied experiences. Finally, language itself can be shown to be grounded in sensorimotor processes. This book brings together theoretical arguments and empirical evidence from several key researchers in this field to support this framework.

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Review of the hardback: '... the chapters of this book provide convincing evidence that higher cognitive processes draw heavily upon perceptual and motor knowledge ... [it] allows readers to appreciate the diversity of ideas that fall under the embodied view of cognition ...' Applied Cognitive Psychology

List of contributors
Introduction to Grounding Cognition: the Role of Perception and Action in Memory, Language, and Thinking
Object concepts and action
Constraints on spatial language comprehension: function and geometry
Embodiment in metaphorical imagination
Passionate thoughts: the emotional embodiment of moral concepts
Grounding language in bodily states: the case for emotion
Situating abstract concepts
Dynamicity, fictivity, and scanning: the imaginative basis of logic and linguistic meaning
The emergence of grammar from perspective
Embodied sentence comprehension
On the perceptual-motor and image-schematic infrastructure of language
Connecting concepts to each other and the world
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ISBN: 9780521168571
ISBN-10: 0521168570
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 9th September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49

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