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An embodied cognition perspective on symbols, gesture, and grounding instruction

Mitchell J Nathan

in Symbols and Embodiment

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199217274
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217274.003.0018
An embodied cognition perspective on symbols, gesture, and grounding instruction

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This chapter investigates how gestures enact symbols and thereby ground the meaning of abstract representations used in instructional settings. It explores two principles that follow from the theory of embodied cognition — that cognition is situated and that cognitive work is off-loaded onto the environment. It also considers a third principle — that off-line cognition is body based — but includes the influences of social interactions, along with sensorimotor processes, as mediating cognitive behaviour even when others are not present.

Keywords: embodied cognition; symbols; gesture; grounding instruction; gestures; sensorimotor processes; social interactions; cognitive behaviour

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Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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