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{Grounding conceptual knowledge in modality-specific systems.}
Type of publication: Article
Citation: Barsalou2003a
Journal: Trends in cognitive sciences
Volume: 7
Number: 2
Year: 2003
Month: February
Pages: 84--91
ISSN: 1879-307X
URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu...
Abstract: The human conceptual system contains knowledge that supports all cognitive activities, including perception, memory, language and thought. According to most current theories, states in modality-specific systems for perception, action and emotion do not represent knowledge - rather, redescriptions of these states in amodal representational languages do. Increasingly, however, researchers report that re-enactments of states in modality-specific systems underlie conceptual processing. In behavioral experiments, perceptual and motor variables consistently produce effects in conceptual tasks. In brain imaging experiments, conceptual processing consistently activates modality-specific brain areas. Theoretical research shows how modality-specific re-enactments could produce basic conceptual functions, such as the type-token distinction, categorical inference, productivity, propositions and abstract concepts. Together these empirical results and theoretical analyses implicate modality-specific systems in the representation and use of conceptual knowledge.
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Keywords: conceptual knowledge, grounding
Authors Barsalou, Lawrence W.
{Kyle Simmons}, W
Barbey, Aron K.
Wilson, Christine D.
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