The role of body and environment in cognition

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Frontiers E-books, Aug 25, 2014 - Cognition - 275 pages

Recent evidence has shown many ways in which our bodies and the environment influence cognition. 

In this Research Topic we aim to develop our understanding of cognition by considering the diverse and dynamic relationship between the language we use, our bodily perceptions, and our actions and interactions in the broader environment. There are already many empirical effects illustrating the continuity of mind- body-environment: manipulating body posture influences diverse areas such as mood, hormonal responses, and perception of risk; directing attention to a particular sensory modality can affect language processing, signal detection, and memory performance; placing implicit cues in the environment can impact upon social behaviours, moral judgements, and economic decision making. 

This Research Topic includes papers that explore the question of how our bodies and the environment influence cognition, such as how we mentally represent the world around us, understand language, reason about abstract concepts, make judgements and decisions, and interact with objects and other people. 

Contributions focus on empirical, theoretical, methodological or modelling issues as well as opinion pieces or contrasting perspectives. 

Topic areas include, perception and action, social cognition, emotion, language processing, modality-specific representations, spatial representations, gesture, atypical embodiment, perceptual simulation, cognitive modelling and perspectives on the future of embodiment.

 

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Contents

The role of body and environment in cognition
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Grammatical aspect and temporal distance in motion descriptions
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automatic motor compensation for illusory heaviness contagion
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When does perception facilitate or interfere with conceptual processing? The effect of attentional modulation
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Embodied space in early blind individuals
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a Wii balance board study
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A review of embodiment in autism spectrum disorders
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How vision affects kinematic properties of pantomimed prehension movements
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Can speaker gaze modulate syntactic structuring and thematic role assignment during spoken sentence comprehension?
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Specific to whose body? Perspectivetaking and the spatial mapping of valence
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shared metric for symbolic and tactile numerosities
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Perception of face and body expressions using electromyography pupillometry and gaze measures
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The role of the environment in eliciting phantomlike sensations in nonamputees
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Training of manual actions improves language understanding of semantically related action sentences
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Neurological evidence linguistic processes precede perceptual simulation in conceptual processing
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effects of enactment gestures and exercise on human memory
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The role of bodyrelated and environmental sources of knowledge in the construction of different conceptual categories
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How task goals mediate the interplay between perception and action
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further evidence for grounded representations
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what can neuroscience tell us about embodied semantics?
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The functional role of the periphery in emotional language comprehension
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The role of scene type and priming in the processing and selection of a spatial frame of reference
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investigating the influence of gaze dynamics on the perception of others in realtime social interaction
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the role of motor representations in language understanding
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Abstract spatial concept priming dynamically influences realworld actions
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Taking the next step
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Embodied cognition is not what you think it is
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