TEST: A Tropic, Embodied, and Situated Theory of Cognition

Myachykov, Andriy, Scheepers, Christoph, Fischer, Martin and Kessler, Klaus (2014) TEST: A Tropic, Embodied, and Situated Theory of Cognition. Topics in Cognitive Science, 6 (3). pp. 442-460. ISSN 1756-8757

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TEST is a novel taxonomy of knowledge representations based on three distinct hierarchically organized representational features: Tropism, Embodiment, and Situatedness. Tropic representational features reflect constraints of the physical world on the agent’s ability to form, reactivate, and enrich embodied (i.e., resulting from the agent’s bodily constraints) conceptual representations embedded in situated contexts. The proposed hierarchy entails that representations can, in principle, have tropic features without necessarily having situated and/or embodied features. On the other hand, representations that are situated and/or embodied are likely to be simultaneously tropic. Hence while we propose tropism as the most general term, the hierarchical relationship between embodiment and situatedness is more on a par, such that the dominance of one component over the other relies on the distinction between offline storage vs. online generation as well as on representation-specific properties.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online first 24th April 2013. PMID 23616259
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive tropism, embodiment, groundedness, situatedness, language, number processing, perspective taking
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
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Depositing User: Dr Andriy Myachykov
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2013 16:57
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 14:03
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11640

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