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Functionalism Redux:

Ezequiel Morsella, Merrit A. Hoover, and John A. Bargh

in People Watching

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393705
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979271 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393705.003.0015

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Functionalism Redux:

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This chapter considers body perception from a functionalist perspective in which mental phenomena (representations and subjective states) guide an organism’s behavior. From this perspective, body perception is constrained by adaptive considerations of actions, influences of physical and social environments, and high-level cognitive processes.

Keywords: functionalist perspective; adaptive action; embodied cognition; evolutionary theory; mimicry; imitation; action selection; semantic representation; mental simulation

Chapter.  15374 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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