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  1. Overcoming the Modal/Amodal Dichotomy of Concepts.Christian Michel - forthcoming - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences:1-23.
    The debate about the nature of the representational format of concepts seems to have reached an impasse. The debate faces two fundamental problems. Firstly, amodalists and modalists claim that the same empirical evidence is compatible with their views. Secondly, there is no shared understanding of what a modal or amodal format amounts to. Both camps recognize that the two formats play essential roles in higher cognition, leading to an increasing number of hybrid proposals. In this paper, I argue that the (...)
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  • Throwing light on black boxes: emergence of visual categories from deep learning.Ezequiel López-Rubio - forthcoming - Synthese:1-21.
    One of the best known arguments against the connectionist approach to artificial intelligence and cognitive science is that neural networks are black boxes, i.e., there is no understandable account of their operation. This difficulty has impeded efforts to explain how categories arise from raw sensory data. Moreover, it has complicated investigation about the role of symbols and language in cognition. This state of things has been radically changed by recent experimental findings in artificial deep learning research. Two kinds of artificial (...)
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  • The Understanding of Visual Metaphors by the Congenitally Blind.Ricardo A. Minervino, Alejandra Martín, L. Micaela Tavernini & Máximo Trench - 2018 - Frontiers in Psychology 9.
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  • Language as a Disruptive Technology: Abstract Concepts, Embodiment and the Flexible Mind.Guy Dove - 2018 - Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 1752 (373):1-9.
    A growing body of evidence suggests that cognition is embodied and grounded. Abstract concepts, though, remain a significant theoretical chal- lenge. A number of researchers have proposed that language makes an important contribution to our capacity to acquire and employ concepts, particularly abstract ones. In this essay, I critically examine this suggestion and ultimately defend a version of it. I argue that a successful account of how language augments cognition should emphasize its symbolic properties and incorporate a view of embodiment (...)
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  • Language and Embodiment—Or the Cognitive Benefits of Abstract Representations.Nikola A. Kompa - forthcoming - Mind and Language.
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  • Curb Your Embodiment.Diane Pecher - 2018 - Topics in Cognitive Science 10 (3):501-517.
    To explain how abstract concepts are grounded in sensory-motor experiences, several theories have been proposed. I will discuss two of these proposals, Conceptual Metaphor Theory and Situated Cognition, and argue why they do not fully explain grounding. A central idea in Conceptual Metaphor Theory is that image schemas ground abstract concepts in concrete experiences. Image schemas might themselves be abstractions, however, and therefore do not solve the grounding problem. Moreover, image schemas are too simple to explain the full richness of (...)
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  • It Wasn’T Me! Motor Activation From Irrelevant Spatial Information in the Absence of a Response.Carsten Bundt, Lara Bardi, Elger L. Abrahamse, Marcel Brass & Wim Notebaert - 2015 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9.
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  • How to Go Beyond the Body: An Introduction.Guy Dove - 2015 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
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  • Pacifier Overuse and Conceptual Relations of Abstract and Emotional Concepts.Barca Laura, Mazzuca Claudia & M. Borghi Anna - 2017 - Frontiers in Psychology 8.
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  • Abstract Concepts and Aging: An Embodied and Grounded Perspective.Anna M. Borghi & Annalisa Setti - 2017 - Frontiers in Psychology 8.
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  • Editors' Introduction: Abstract Concepts: Structure, Processing, and Modeling.Marianna Bolognesi & Gerard Steen - 2018 - Topics in Cognitive Science 10 (3):490-500.
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  • Word Meaning.Luca Gasparri & Diego Marconi - 2015 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  • Symbol Grounding Without Direct Experience: Do Words Inherit Sensorimotor Activation From Purely Linguistic Context?Fritz Günther, Carolin Dudschig & Barbara Kaup - 2018 - Cognitive Science 42 (S2):336-374.
    Theories of embodied cognition assume that concepts are grounded in non-linguistic, sensorimotor experience. In support of this assumption, previous studies have shown that upwards response movements are faster than downwards movements after participants have been presented with words whose referents are typically located in the upper vertical space. This is taken as evidence that processing these words reactivates sensorimotor experiential traces. This congruency effect was also found for novel words, after participants learned these words as labels for novel objects that (...)
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