Situated Action: A Symbolic Interpretation

  title={Situated Action: A Symbolic Interpretation},
  author={Alonso H. Vera and Herbert A. Simon},
  journal={Cogn. Sci.},
The congeries of theoretical views collectively referred to as “situated action” (SA) claim that humans and their interactions with the world cannot be understood using symbol-system models and methodology, but only by observing them within real-world contexts or building nonsymbolic models of them. [] Key Result The main body of empirical evidence supporting our view resides in the numerous symbol systems constructed in the past 35 years that have successfully simulated broad areas of human cognition.

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    Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
  • 2019
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