At the root of embodied cognition: Cognitive science meets neurophysiology

  title={At the root of embodied cognition: Cognitive science meets neurophysiology},
  author={Francesca Garbarini and Mauro Adenzato},
  journal={Brain and Cognition},
Thoughts in space: the impact of environmental surround on cognitive processing
It is proposed that the environmental surround is a critical variable in the embodied cognition perspective, and time–space considerations occur within a proposed concept of the potentiated state.
The As If in Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and Anthropology
In recent years, neurophysiological and psychological research has highlighted a pragmatic version of the theory of knowledge, a version in which the concept of simulation has been found to play a
The orchestration of the sensory-motor systems: Clues from Neuropsychology
There are already sufficient data from neuropsychology to strongly constrain extant hypotheses about the representation of conceptual knowledge in the brain, and this conclusion compels a reconsideration of the role played by motor planning and/or execution processes in action and object recognition and understanding.
Disentangling Embodied Cognition: An Examination of the State, Problems, and Possibilities of Embodied Cognition
Embodied cognition has received a fair amount of attention in philosophical, neuroscientific, and robotic research during the past several decades, yet the precise nature of its goals, methods, and
Representation Internal-Manipulation (RIM): A Neuro-Inspired Computational Theory of Consciousness
The Representation Internal-Manipulation (RIM) theory of consciousness is proposed, a theory that links the main elements of consciousness theories to components and functions of goal-directed behaviour, ascribing a central role for consciousness to the goal- directed manipulation of internal representations.
“Mirror Neurons,” Collective Objects and the Problem of Transmission: Reconsidering Stephen Turner's Critique of Practice Theory
In this paper, I critically examine Stephen Turner's (1994) critique of practice theory in light of recent neurophysiological discoveries regarding the “mirror neuron system” in the pre-frontal
I Feel Your Pain: Embodied Knowledges and Situated Neurons
The widely touted discovery of mirror neurons has generated intense scientific interest in the neurobiology of intersubjectivity. Social neuroscientists have claimed that mirror neurons, located in
Mental imagery generation in different modalities activates sensory-motor areas
The aim of this study is to investigate whether imagery in different sensory modalities triggered by verbal stimuli relies on the embodied perspective, and thus whether imagery implies sensory-motor activations.
Accessing embodied object representations from vision: A review.
It is concluded that sensorimotor simulations may not be required to perform visual cognitive tasks and a number of directions for future research are highlighted that could provide strong support for EC in visual cognitive paradigms.
Beyond the playing field: sport psychology meets embodied cognition
In contrast to traditional views of the mind as an abstract information processor, recent theories of embodied cognition suggest that our representations of objects and events are grounded in action.


Mirror neurons and the simulation theory of mind-reading
In the premotor cortex of the monkey there are neurons (mirror neurons) that become active both when the monkey performs a given action and when it observes a similar action performed by other individuals, which constitutes a system for matching observation and execution of motor actions.
Premotor cortex and the recognition of motor actions.
Understanding motor events: a neurophysiological study
It is reported here that many neurons of the rostral part of inferior premotor cortex of the monkey discharge during goal-directed hand movements such as grasping, holding, and tearing, which indicates that premotor neurons can retrieve movements not only on the basis of stimulus characteristics, but also on the based of the meaning of the observed actions.
Grasping objects and grasping action meanings: the dual role of monkey rostroventral premotor cortex (area F5).
It is proposed that the internal motor copies of the observed actions of monkey area F5 represent the neural basis for understanding the meaning of actions made by others.
Representation of Manipulable Man-Made Objects in the Dorsal Stream
The left ventral premotor region that responded selectively to tools in the current study may be the human homolog of the monkey canonical F5 area, which responds to the visual presentation of graspable objects.
Hearing Sounds, Understanding Actions: Action Representation in Mirror Neurons
This work found neurons in monkey premotor cortex that discharge when the animal performs a specific action and when it hears the related sound, and this discovery in the monkey homolog of Broca's area might shed light on the origin of language.
Action recognition in the premotor cortex.
It is proposed that mirror neurons form a system for matching observation and execution of motor actions, similar to that of mirror neurons exists in humans and could be involved in recognition of actions as well as phonetic gestures.
Functional organization of inferior area 6 in the macaque monkey
It is proposed that the different classes of neurons form a vocabulary of motor acts and that this vocabulary can be accessed by somatosensory and visual stimuli.