Embedded and Situated Cognition

Authored by: Michael Dawson

The Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415623612
eBook ISBN: 9781315775845
Adobe ISBN: 9781317688662


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Embodied cognitive science reacts against more established traditions within cognitive science (Clark, 1997; Dawson, 2013; Dawson, Dupuis, and Wilson, 2010; Shapiro, 2011). Shapiro has identified three main themes that separate the embodied approach from these traditions. Conceptualization is the notion that an agent’s understanding of its world depends critically upon the nature of the agent’s body. Replacement is the idea that an agent’s interactions with its world replace the need for internal mental representations. Constitution is the position that an agent’s world and body are constituents of (and not merely causally related to) an agent’s mind.

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