The Body and Cognition

Term: Fall 2012

Subject Code: GPSY

Course Number: 5156

How is thinking related to perception and bodily action? In this course we will explore theories of 'embodied cognition' that have emerged in the 21st century and will consider the challenges they face. If concepts are built upon perception and action, how can people conceptualize abstract things that they can never see or touch? Where earlier body-based theories of concepts have fallen short, how can contemporary embodiment theories contribute to a coherent account of language, perception, and cognition?

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