A Moderate Approach to Embodied Cognitive Science

Alvin I. Goldman

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This chapter discusses a method for understanding embodied cognition which involves bodily representational codes and evidence regarding cognitive processes that the brain reuses. It offers a philosophical definition of the concept of embodied cognition, as well as empirical evidence of human cognition, not all but mostly, being embodied. It initially examines the relationship between embodiment and bodily representational codes, followed by an analysis of the Massive Redeployment Hypothesis or "neural reuse." The chapter also explains the interrelationship between perception and embodied cognition through examining a research study conducted by Dennis Proffitt, a vision scientist who maintains that an individual's body is the measure of all things.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJoint Ventures
Subtitle of host publicationMindreading, Mirroring, and Embodied Cognition
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267674
ISBN (Print)9780199874187
StatePublished - Sep 12 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Bodily representational codes
  • Dennis proffitt
  • Embodied cognition
  • Embodiment
  • Massive redeployment hypothesis
  • Neural reuse
  • Perception
  • Vision science

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