Perceptual symbol systems

  title={Perceptual symbol systems},
  author={Lawrence W. Barsalou},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={577 - 660}
  • L. Barsalou
  • Published 1 August 1999
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Prior to the twentieth century, theories of knowledge were inherently perceptual. Since then, developments in logic, statistics, and programming languages have inspired amodal theories that rest on principles fundamentally different from those underlying perception. In addition, perceptual approaches have become widely viewed as untenable because they are assumed to implement recording systems, not conceptual systems. A perceptual theory of knowledge is developed here in the context of current… 

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