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Symbols and Embodiment: Debates on meaning and cognition

Manuel de Vega, Arthur Glenberg, and Arthur Graesser

Abstract

Cognitive scientists have a variety of approaches to studying cognition: experimental psychology, computer science, robotics, neuroscience, educational psychology, philosophy of mind, and psycholinguistics, to name but a few. In addition, they also differ in their approaches to cognition — some of them consider that the mind works basically like a computer, involving programs composed of abstract, amodal, and arbitrary symbols. Others claim that cognition is embodied — that is, symbols must be grounded on perceptual, motoric, and emotional experience. The symbolist and embodiment camps seldom ... More

Keywords: cognitive scientists, cognition, experimental psychology, computer science, robotics, neuroscience, educational psychology, philosophy of mind, psycholinguistics, symbols

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199217274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217274.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Manuel de Vega, editor
Professor of Psychology, University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain

Arthur Glenberg, editor
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

Arthur Graesser, editor
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis, USA

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Contents

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Chapter 1 Framing the debate

Arthur M Glenberg, Manuel de Vega, and Arthur C Graesser

Chapter 2 The limits of covariation

Arthur M Glenberg, and Sarita Mehta

Chapter 13 Language and simulation in conceptual processing

Lawrence W Barsalou, Ava Santos, W Kyle Simmons, and Christine D Wilson

Chapter 19 Reflecting on the debate

Manuel de Vega, Arthur C Graesser, and Arthur M Glenberg