Über den Autor
Anna M. Borghi is an associate professor in Psychology at the University of Bologna; her research is conducted both at the Department of Psychology of the University of Bologna and at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council in Rome, Italy. She has been a visiting scholar at various American universities (University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Emory University-Atlanta). She is Associate editor of the journal Frontiers in Cognition and of Psychological Research. She has just finished to coordinate the FP7 funded ROSSI (Emergence of Communication in Robots through Sensorimotor and Social Interaction) project. Her research themes include affordances, categorization, the relationships between concepts and perception and action and between language and the motor system, abstract concepts.
Ferdinand Binkofski is professor and chairman for Cognitive Neurology at the RWTH Aachen University, he is also affiliated with the Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine at the Research Center Jülich. In Aachen he is also heading study courses in speech and language pathology. Before his move to Aachen he was one of the managing directors of the Nouro Image Nord neuroimaging center of the north German universities of Hamburg, Kiel and Lübeck. He has managed or is still managing several national and international research networks in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. His research is dedicated to higher motor control and cognitive neurology. He is exploring the link between action and perception and between the language and the motor system.
Chapter 1. The problem of definition.- Chapter 2. The WAT proposal and the role of language.- Chapter 3. Embodied and hybrid theories of abstract concepts and words.- Chapter 4 Word learning and word acquisition.- Chapter 5. What can neuroscience tell us about abstract concepts.- Chapter 6. Language, languages, and abstract concepts.- Afterword.
Explores the ways in which embodied and grounded (EG) cognition theories can be expanded to abstract words
Presents a novel, theoretical proposal of embodied and grounded cognition as it relates to sensorimotor and linguistic experience
Has an interdisciplinary perspective that includes cognitive psychology, cognitive linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, anthropology and robotics