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Embodied representation: What are the issues
Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för kommunikation och information.
Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för kommunikation och information.
2005 (English)In: Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society: CogSci05 / [ed] Bruno G. Bara, Lawrence Barsalou, Monica Bucciarelli, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates , 2005, 2116-2121 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A common theme of many discussions among embodied cognition researchers is whether or not cognition is making use of epresentations. This debate has recently been called a “debate for the sake of appearance” because there is no agreed upon way of identifying what is a representation. Therefore, instead of elaborating our own position on whether embodied cognition uses representation, we structure the debate by (1) reviewing three types of mechanisms in models of embodied cognition that might be considered candidates for epresentationhood and (2) outlining criteria for what is or is not a representation in embodied cognition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates , 2005. 2116-2121 p.
National Category
Interaction Technologies Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-99807ISBN: 978-0-9768318-1-5ISBN: 0-9768318-1-3OAI: diva2:658248
27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2005) July 21-23 Stresa, Italy
Available from: 2007-10-01 Created: 2013-10-21 Last updated: 2013-10-21
In thesis
1. Simulations
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2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is concerned with explanations of embodied cognition as internal simulation. The hypothesis is that several cognitive processes can be explained in terms of predictive chains of simulated perceptions and actions.

In other words, perceptions and actions are reactivated internally by the nervous system to be used in cognitive phenomena such as mental imagery.

This thesis contributes by advancing the theoretical foundations of simulations and the empirical grounds on which they are based, including a review of the empiricial evidence for the existence of simulated perceptions and actions in cognition, a clarification of the representational function of simulations in cognition, as well as identifying implicit, bodily and environmental anticipation as key mechanisms underlying such simulations. The thesis also develops the ³inception of simulation² hypothesis, which suggests that dreaming has a function in the development of simulations by forming associations between experienced, non-experienced but realistic, and even unrealistic perceptions during early childhood. The thesis further investigates some aspects of simulations and the ³inception of simulation² hypothesis by using simulated robot models based on echo state networks. These experiments suggest that it is possible for a simple robot to develop internal simulations by associating simulated perceptions and actions, and that dream-like experiences can be beneficial for the development of such simulations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. 64 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1551
National Category
Engineering and Technology
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98050 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-98050 (DOI)978-91-7519-491-2 (print) (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-11-21, G110, hus G, Högskolan i Skövde, Skövde, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2013-10-21 Created: 2013-09-26 Last updated: 2013-11-26Bibliographically approved

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