Symbols and Embodiment: Debates on meaning and cognition by Manuel de VegaSymbols and Embodiment: Debates on meaning and cognition by Manuel de Vega

Symbols and Embodiment: Debates on meaning and cognition

EditorManuel de Vega, Arthur Glenberg, Arthur Graesser

Hardcover | November 13, 2008

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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 existence of such different approaches has consequences when dealing with practical issues such as understanding brain disorders, designing artificial intelligence programs and robots, improving psychotherapy, or designing instructional programs. The symbolist and embodiment camps seldom engage in any kind of debate to clarify their differences. This book is the first attempt to do so. It brings together a team of outstanding scientists, adopting symbolist and embodied viewpoints, in an attempt to understand how the mind works and thenature of linguistic meaning. As well as being interdisciplinary, all authors have made an attempt to find solutions to substantial issues beyond specific vocabularies and techniques.
Manuel de Vega graduated in Psychology at the University Complutense of Madrid. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of La Laguna, Tenerife, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Psycholinguists. Dr. de Vega's research is in the area of language comprehension, and the neurological bases of meaning. Arthur Glenberg...
Title:Symbols and Embodiment: Debates on meaning and cognitionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:388 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.14 inPublished:November 13, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199217270

ISBN - 13:9780199217274


Table of Contents

1. Arthur M Glenberg, Manuel de Vega and Arthur C Graesser: Framing the debate2. Arthur M Glenberg and Sarita Mehta: The limits of covariation3. Arthur C Graesser and G Tanner Jackson: Body and symbol in AutoTutor: conversations that are responsive to the learners' cognitive and emotional states4. Lawrence Shapiro: Symbolism, embodied cognition and the broader debate5. Marcel A Just: What brain imaging can tell us about embodied meaning6. Friedemann Pulvermuller: Grounding language in the brain7. Andreas Knoblauch: Symbols and embodiment from the perspective of a neural modeler8. Walter Kintsch: Symbol systems and perceptual representations9. Rolf A Zwaan: Experiential traces and mental simulations in language comprehension10. Anthony J Sanford: Defining embodiment in understanding11. Deb Roy: A mechanistic model of three facets of meaning12. Luc Steels: The symbol grounding problem has been solved. So what's next?13. Lawrence W Barsalou, Ava Santos, W Kyle Simmons and Christine D Wilson: Language and simulation in conceptual processing14. Manuel de Vega: Levels of embodied meaning: from pointing to counterfactuals15. Max Louwerse and Patrick Jeuniaux: Language comprehension is both embodied and symbolic!16. Robert Goldstone, David Landy and Ji Y Son: A well-grounded education: the role of perception in science and mathematics17. Antoni Gomila: Mending or abandoning cognitivism18. Mitchell J Nathan: An embodied cognition perspective on symbols, gesture and grounding instruction19. Manuel de Vega, Arthur C Graesser and Arthur M Glenberg: Reflecting on the debate