Embodied Cognition

ISBN-10: 0415773423
ISBN-13: 9780415773423
Edition: 2011
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/17/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Embodied cognition often challenges standard cognitive science. In this outstanding introduction Lawrence Shapiro sets out the central themes and debates surrounding embodied cognition, explaining and assessing the work of many of the key figures in the field, including Jerry Fodor, Hilary Putnam, Andy Clark and John Haugeland.Beginning with an outline of the theoretical and methodological commitments of standard cognitive science, Shapiro then examines philosophical arguments surrounding the traditional perspective. He introduces topics such as dynamic systems theory, vision, attention, memory, and language, before addressing core issues in philosophy of mind such as personal identity and reductionism.Including helpful chapter summaries and annotated further reading at the end of each chapter, Embodied Cognition is essential reading for all students of philosophy of mind and psychology, and cognitive science.

Students of education studies; early childhood education; foundation degree modules on factors affecting learning and individual differences; PGCE primary and secondary.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Cognition
Standard Cognitive Science
Introduction
Newell and Simon's General Problem Solver
Descriptive Frameworks
Back to General Problem Solver
Sternberg's Analysis of Memory Scanning
The Computational Vision Program
The Solipsistic View
Summary
Suggested Reading
Challenging Standard Cognitive Science
Introduction
Gibson's Ecological Theory of Perception
Structure in Light
The Brain's Role in Vision
Hatfield's Noncognitive Computationalism
The Connectionist Challenge
Summary
Suggested Reading
Conceptions of Embodiment
Introduction
Varela, Thompson, and Rosch: World Building
Thelen: Representation Lite
Clark: Thinking with the Body
Summary
Suggested Reading
Embodied Cognition: The Conceptualization Hypothesis
Conceptualization
Linguistic Determinism
The Linguistic Determination of Time Conceptions
Sex With Syntax
Concepts and Conceptions
Testing Hypotheses
The Embodiment of Color
Embodiment and Metaphor
Putting Lakoff and Johnson's Conceptualization Thesis to the Test
Second-Generation Cognitive Science
The Symbol Grounding Problem
The Indexical Hypothesis
Perceptual Symbols
Affordances
Meshing
Experimental Evidence for the Indexical Hypothesis: The Action-Sentence Compatibility Effect
Assessing the Indexical Hypothesis
Meaningfulness in Amodal Representation
Sensibility Judgments
Standard Cognitive Science and the Action-Sentence Compatibility Effect
The Body in the Brain
Summary
Suggested Reading
Embodied Cognition: The Replacement Hypothesis
Replacement
Dynamical Systems
Van Gelder's Dynamical Hypothesis
Explaining Watt's Centrifugal Governor
The Dynamics of Cognition
Categorical Perception from a Dynamical Perspective
Do Dynamical Explanations Explain?
Replacement and Robotics
The Case for Representational Skepticism
Are There Representations in the Centrifugal Governor?
The Argument for Representational Skepticism
The "They're Not Representations!" Argument against Representations
Summary
Suggested Reading
Embodied Cognition: The Constitution Hypothesis
Constitution
A Quick Refutation of Constitution? The Argument from Envatment
Sensorimotor Theories of Perceptual Experience
Constituents and Causes
More Than Just a Gesture?
Coupling and Constitution
Extending Cognition Further
The Coupling-Constitution Fallacy
A Parity Argument for Constitution
Against Parity-Meeting The Marks of the Cognitive
Mark I: Intrinsic Content
Mark II: Causal Processes
Extended v. Embedded Cognition
Whose Action is it Anyway?
Summary
Suggested Reading
Concluding Thoughts
Back to the Decision Tree
Conceptualization and Standard Cognitive Science
Replacement and Standard Cognitive Science
Constitution and Standard Cognitive Science
The Final(?) Score
Glossary
Notes
References
Index

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