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An Embodied View Applied to Abstract Concepts Anna M. Borghi

An Embodied View Applied to Abstract Concepts

Anna M. Borghi

Published May 28th 2014
ISBN : 9781461495383
Hardcover
125 pages
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This Brief describes the way abstract concepts and abstract words are represented in the brain. It starts by highlighting the difficulties in defining what abstract concepts and words are, and what they mean in psycholinguistic research. It then goesMoreThis Brief describes the way abstract concepts and abstract words are represented in the brain. It starts by highlighting the difficulties in defining what abstract concepts and words are, and what they mean in psycholinguistic research. It then goes on to describe and critically discuss the main theories on this topic with a special emphasis on the different embodied and grounded theories proposed in cognitive psychology within the last ten years, highlighting the advantages and limitations of each of these theories. The core of the Brief consists of the presentation of a new theory developed by the authors, according to which both sensorimotor (i.e., perception, action, emotional) and linguistic experiences are at the basis of abstract concepts and of abstract word representation, processing and use. This theory assigns a major role to acquisition: one of the assumptions the authors make is that the different ways in which concrete and abstract words are acquired constrain their brain representation and their use. This idea will be compared with the main existing theories on abstractness, from the theory of conceptual metaphors to the theories on multiple representation. Finally, the volume illustrates recent evidence from different areas (developmental, behavioral, cross-cultural, neuropsychological and neural) as well as studies on computational models and robotics which converge with and support the authors theory, leading to the conclusion that in order to account for representation and processing of abstract concepts and words, an extension of embodied and grounded theories is necessary.