Defining embodiment in understanding

Anthony J Sanford

in Symbols and Embodiment

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199217274
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696060 | DOI:
Defining embodiment in understanding

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The argument presented in this chapter is cast in terms of an opposition between purely symbolic and purely embodied notions of meaning and cognition. It suggests that the meaning of words is grounded in action and perception and that knowledge is largely, if not completely, organized in situation-relevant packages, and thus is ‘proxy-situated’, meaning that it, too, is grounded. It clarifies the notion of embodiment entering into real-time processing, and what constitutes embodied real-time processing. It evaluates three levels at which this might take place, and to open up questions of what these levels might imply. It discusses how embodied cognition might relate to the portrayal of emotion and related aspects of writing. It explains that some level of abstraction is necessary for processing, and that some level of embodiment in some circumstances is also likely.

Keywords: symbol; embodiment; meaning; cognition; words; action; perception; emotion; real-time processing

Chapter.  7310 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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