Derived Embodiment in Abstract Language

Authors: Schilhab, Theresa

  • Bridges neurobiology and pedagogy by pointing to and exposing real mechanisms at play in conversations when we acquire abstract knowledge.
  • Useful  to students in the humanities and general readers with an interest in how we come to learn about concrete and abstract phenomena
  • Explains how academic skills and higher cognitive functions are cultivated by intense conversations.  
  • Contributes to burning issues about the human condition in diverse fields such as cognitive robotics, AI-research, theoretical and cognitive biology, psychological pedagogy, socio-linguistics and anthropology.
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How does knowledge of phenomena and events we have no direct experiences of emerge? Having a brain that learns from being in the world, how can we conceive of prehistoric dinosaurs, Atlantis, unicorns or even ‘desire’? This book is about how abstract knowledge becomes anchored in direct experiences through well-formed conversations.

Within the framework of evolutionary biology and through the lens of contemporary studies in cognitive science, the neurosciences, sociology and anthropology, this book traces topics such as our inborn sensitivity to the environment, bottom-up and top-down processes in knowledge formation and the importance of language when we learn to categorise the world.

A major objective of this monograph is to identify the key determinants of the specific interactivity mechanisms that control the cognitive processes while we are linguistically immersed. The emphasis is on real-life interactions in conversations. While the concrete word-object paradigm depends relatively more on direct experiences, the successful acquisition of abstract knowledge depends on the emphatic skills of the interlocutor. He or she must remain sensitive to the level and quality of the imagination of the child while making mental tableaus that are believed to elicit images to which the child associates the concept.

Derived embodiment in abstract thought is a landmark synthesis that operationalizes contemporary neuroscience studies of acquisition of knowledge in the real life conversational context. The result is an exciting biology-based contribution to theories of knowledge acquisition and thinking in sociology, cognitive robotics, anthropology and not at least, pedagogy.  

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction to the Book

    Schilhab, Theresa

    Pages 1-34

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  • Interactional Expertise

    Schilhab, Theresa

    Pages 35-55

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  • Grounded Cognition

    Schilhab, Theresa

    Pages 57-85

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  • Concrete and ‘Abstract’ Knowledge

    Schilhab, Theresa

    Pages 87-125

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  • Derived Embodiment and Interactional Expertise

    Schilhab, Theresa

    Pages 127-152

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Derived Embodiment in Abstract Language
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56056-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56056-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56055-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85816-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 242
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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