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Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher
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Patrick Haggard

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231447.001.0001

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Using conceptual knowledge in action and language

Using conceptual knowledge in action and language

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(p.575) 25 Using conceptual knowledge in action and language
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Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher Cognition
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Michiel van Elk

Hein T. van Schie

Oliver Lindemann

Harold Bekkering

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231447.003.0025

This chapter outlines the concept of action semantics and reviews existing literature dealing with functional mechanisms underlying conceptual knowledge and goal-directed behaviour. Recent findings indicate that that semantic information is selected in a flexible manner in accordance with the action intention of the actor where long-term conceptual associations may be overruled by current behavioural goals. These findings suggest that the theory of selection-for-action may be extended to include selection of semantic information that is relevant for the intended action and that the theory of selection-for-action may provide a useful framework for studying the associations between language, action, and perception.

Keywords:   action semantics, goal-directed behaviour, conceptual knowledge, semantic information, conceptual association, action, language, perception

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