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Toward an embodied cognitive semantics


Stocker, Kurt (2015). Toward an embodied cognitive semantics. Cognitive Semantics, 1(2):178-212.

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This article strives to move forward toward an embodied account of cognitive semantics. Using current empirical embodiment findings and theoretical interpretations thereof, the major schematic systems of Talmyan cognitive semantics (configurational structure, attention, perspective, and force dynamics) are all presented within one unified embodied account. It will be shown that there is much empirical evidence that thought is spatialized and that our eyes project this spatialized thought into the external (usually near) space in front of our body. This—eyes projecting spatialized thought into peripersonal space—will be called the theory of ocular cognitive semantics (and will sometimes also more generally be referred to as the theory of the ocular mind). Ocular cognitive semantics is meant to be a first step forward toward a more comprehensive theory of embodied cognitive semantics. Clinical implications of ocular cognitive semantics for people with schizophrenia are discussed.

Abstract

This article strives to move forward toward an embodied account of cognitive semantics. Using current empirical embodiment findings and theoretical interpretations thereof, the major schematic systems of Talmyan cognitive semantics (configurational structure, attention, perspective, and force dynamics) are all presented within one unified embodied account. It will be shown that there is much empirical evidence that thought is spatialized and that our eyes project this spatialized thought into the external (usually near) space in front of our body. This—eyes projecting spatialized thought into peripersonal space—will be called the theory of ocular cognitive semantics (and will sometimes also more generally be referred to as the theory of the ocular mind). Ocular cognitive semantics is meant to be a first step forward toward a more comprehensive theory of embodied cognitive semantics. Clinical implications of ocular cognitive semantics for people with schizophrenia are discussed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:01 Feb 2016 11:48
Last Modified:28 Apr 2017 02:51
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:2352-6408
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/23526416-00102002

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