chapter  6
Grounded conceptual knowledge: Emergence from sensorimotor interactions
ByLionel Brunel, Guillaume T. Vallet, Benoit Riou, Amandine Rey, Rémy Versace
Pages 17

Embodied cognition theories have changed our view of cognition by giving a crucial role of the present context, both internal and external to our body, in the cognitive process. This contextual focus puts the sensory and motor components at the core of cognition, which also applies to memory. Yet different forms of memory, especially what is known as episodic memory, already take into account the context in which a memory is encoded and retrieved as well as the sensorimotor reactivation of this memory, without relying on an embodied cognition perspective (Godden & Baddeley, 1975; Tulving, Voi, Routh, & Loftus, 1983). The revolution of embodied cognition may therefore appear not so relevant to memory. Nonetheless, these theories could radically change our conception about other parts of the memory, especially in relation to conceptual knowledge.