The Spatial Foundations of Cognition and Language: Thinking Through Space

Hardcover | January 24, 2010

EditorKelly S. Mix, Linda B. Smith, Michael Gasser

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This book presents recent research on the role of space as a mechanism in language use and learning. It proceeds from the notion that cognition in real time, developmental time, and over evolutionary time occurs in space, and that the physical properties of space may provide insights intobasic cognitive processes, including memory, attention, action, and perception. It looks at how physical space and landmarks are used in cognitive representations and serve as the basis of human cognition in a range of core mechanisms to index memories and ground meanings that are not themselvesexplicitly about space. The editors have brought together experimental psychologists, computer scientists, robotocists, linguists, and researchers in child language in order to consider the nature and applications of this research and in particular its implications for understanding the processesinvolved in language acquisition.

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This book presents recent research on the role of space as a mechanism in language use and learning. It proceeds from the notion that cognition in real time, developmental time, and over evolutionary time occurs in space, and that the physical properties of space may provide insights intobasic cognitive processes, including memory, att...

Kelly S. Mix is Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Cognitive Development Laboratory at Michigan State University. She is the co-author, with J. Huttenlocher and S. C. Levine, of Quantitative Development in Infancy and Early Childhood (OUP 2002). Linda B. Smith is Chancellor's Professor of Psychology and ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 24, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199553246

ISBN - 13:9780199553242

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Part I: Thinking Through Space1. Andy Clark: Minds in Space2. Michael Spivey, Daniel C. Richardson, and Carlos A. Zednik: Language is Spatial, Not Special: On the Demise of the Symbolic Approximation Hypothesis3. Kelly S. Mix: Spatial Tools for Mathematical Thought4. Michael Ramscar, Teenie Matlock, and Lera Boroditsky: Time, Motion, and Meaning: The Experiential Basis of Abstract ThoughtPart II: From Embodiment to Abstract Thought5. Janellen Huttenlocher, Stella F. Lourenco, and Marina Vasilyeva: Perspectives on Spatial Development6. John Lipinski, John P. Spencer, and Larissa K. Samuelson: It's in the Eye of the Beholder: Spatial Language and Spatial Memory Use the Same Perceptual Reference Frames7. Barbara Landau, Kirsten O'Hearn, and James E. Hoffman: Tethering to the Word, Coming Undone8. Laura A. Carlson: Encoding Space in Spatial LanguagePart III: Using Space to Ground Language9. Linda B. Smith and Larissa K. Samuelson: Objects in Space and Mind: From Reaching to Words10. Chen Yu and Dana Ballard: The Role of the Body in Infant Language Learning11. Erin Cannon and Paul R. Cohen: Talk About Motion: The Semantic Representation of Verbs by Motion Dynamics