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Borghi A. M. & Caruana F. (2015) Embodiment theory. In: Wright J. D. (ed.) International encyclopedia of the social & sciences. Second edition. Volume 7. Elsevier, Amsterdam: 420–426.
Embodied cognition (EC) views propose that cognition is shaped by the kind of body that organisms possess. We give an overview of recent literature on EC, highlighting the differences between stronger and weaker versions of the theory. We also illustrate the debates on the notions of simulation, of representation, and on the role of the motor system for cognition, and we address some of the most important research topics. Future challenges concern the understanding of how abstract concepts and words are represented, and the relationship between EC and other promising approaches, the distributional views of meaning and the extended mind views.
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