Grounding Cognition: The Role of Perception and Action in Memory, Language, and Thinking (Google eBook)

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Diane Pecher, Rolf A. Zwaan
Cambridge University Press, Jan 10, 2005 - Psychology
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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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Contents

1 Introduction to Grounding Cognition
1
2 Object Concepts and Action
8
3 Constraints on Spatial Language Comprehension
35
4 Embodiment in Metaphorical Imagination
65
5 Passionate Thoughts
93
6 Grounding Language in Bodily States
115
7 Situating Abstract Concepts
129
8 Dynamicity Fictivity and Scanning
164
9 The Emergence of Grammar from Perspective
198
10 Embodied Sentence Comprehension
224
11 On the PerceptualMotor and ImageSchematic Infrastructure of Language
246
12 Connecting Concepts to Each Other and the World
282
Author Index
315
Subject Index
322
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