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Simulation, Situated Conceptualization, and Prediction

Lawrence W. Barsalou

in Predictions in the Brain

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395518
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897230 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395518.003.0016
Simulation, Situated Conceptualization, and Prediction

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Simulation constitutes a central form of computation via diverse forms of cognition, where simulation is the reenactment of perceptual, motor, and introspective states acquired during experience with the world, body, and mind. This chapter describes the reenactment process, which has two phases: firstly, storage in long-term memory of multimodal states that arise across the brain's systems for perception, action, and introspection (where “introspection” refers to internal states that include affect, motivation, intentions, meta-cognition, etc.); and secondly, partial reenactment of these multimodal states for later representational use, including prediction. Each phase is addressed in turn.

Keywords: simulations; reenactments; cognition; long-term memory; brain; multimodal states

Chapter.  7770 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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