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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (3) : 429-436     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.00429
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Embodied Views of Abstract Concepts Representation
ZHANG Entao;FANG Jie;LIN Wenyi;LUO Junlong
(1School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China) (2College of Humanities and Communication, Guangdong University of Business Studies, Guangzhou 510320, China) (3Education College, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China)
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Abstract  Whether people are able to represent abstract concepts through experience of sensory and motor systems? This is a challenge for embodied cognition. From the perspective of the relations between sensorimotor information and representation of abstract concepts, Present paper reviewed some influential theories in embodied cognition and the corresponding important evidences. Reviewing the theories indicates that abstract concepts is grounded in perceptual information, however, how abstract concepts are grounded in perceptual information remains debated. Within Embodied Cognition (EC) approach, some authors emphasize the importance of action or situation for conceptual representation, this supports strong version of EC. Others highlight the role of concrete experience or common structure for cognition, this supports weaker version of EC. Furthermore, we should view conceptual representations as flexible entities, and integrate different views into more mature frame of embodied cognition. Additionally, future work should focus on the relationship between abstract concepts and language, and the difference in abstract concepts representation between normal and special children.
Keywords abstract concepts      sensorimotor information      language      embodied cognition     
Corresponding Authors: FANG Jie   
Issue Date: 15 March 2013
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ZHANG Entao,FANG Jie,LIN Wenyi, et al. Embodied Views of Abstract Concepts Representation[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(3): 429-436.
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