This two-volume set provides a comprehensive overview of the multidisciplinary field of Embodied Cognition. With contributions from internationally acknowledged researchers from a variety of fields, Foundations of Embodied Cognition reveals how intelligent behaviour emerges from the interplay between brain, body and environment.

Drawing on the most recent theoretical and empirical findings in embodied cognition, Volume 2 Conceptual and Interactive Embodiment is divided into four distinct parts, bringing together a number of influential perspectives and new ideas. Part one introduces the field of embodied language processing, before part two presents recent developments in our understanding of embodied conceptual understanding. The final two parts look at the applied nature of embodied cognition, exploring the embodied nature of social co-ordination as well as the emerging field of artificial embodiment.

Building on the idea that knowledge acquisition, retention and retrieval are intimately interconnected with sensory and motor processes, Foundations of Embodied Cognition is a landmark publication in the field. It will be of great interest to researchers and advanced students from across the cognitive sciences, including those specialising in psychology, neuroscience, intelligent systems and robotics, philosophy, linguistics and anthropology.

chapter |8 pages


ByMartin H. Fischer, Yann Coello

part |2 pages

PART I Embodied language

chapter 1|18 pages

From modal brain structures to word meaning

ByRaphael Fargier

chapter 2|17 pages

Perceptual simulation of space, speed and time in language

ByLaura J. Speed, Gabriella Vigliocco

chapter 3|25 pages

The role of sensorimotor processes in meaning composition

ByBarbara Kaup, Irmgard de la Vega, Jessica Strozyk and Carolin Dudschig

chapter 4|22 pages

Embodied semantic effects in visual word recognition

ByLouise Connell, Dermot Lynott

part |2 pages

PART II Embodied concepts

chapter 5|13 pages

Motor measures of embodiment: The case of number concepts

ByClaudia Gianelli, Martin H. Fischer

chapter 6|17 pages

Grounded conceptual knowledge: Emergence from sensorimotor interactions

ByLionel Brunel, Guillaume T. Vallet, Benoit Riou, Amandine Rey, Rémy Versace

chapter 7|22 pages

Role of action in conceptual object representation and organization

BySolène Kalénine, Laurel J. Buxbaum

part |2 pages

PART III Embodied social coordination

chapter 8|16 pages

Motor representation in goal ascription

ByCorrado Sinigaglia, Stephen Butterfill

chapter 9|17 pages

A joint action perspective on embodiment

ByRobrecht P.R.D. van der Wel, Natalie Sebanz and Günther Knoblich

chapter 10|18 pages

The plasticity of self-other boundaries: From body ownership to social cognition

ByLara Maister, Manos Tsakiris

chapter 11|16 pages

Embodied predictive processing in social understanding

BySasha Ondobaka, Lea Hald, Harold Bekkering

chapter 12|31 pages

Embodied simulation: Building meaning through shared neural circuitry

ByVesna Gamez-Djokic, Istvan Molnar-Szakacs, Lisa Aziz-Zadeh

part |2 pages

PART IV Artificial embodiment

chapter 13|26 pages

Robotics’ contribution to the sensory-motor approach of cognition: From object perception to social interactions

ByPhilippe Gaussier, Ali Karaouzène, Pierre Andry, Sofiane Boucenna, Antoine de Rengervé and Laurence Hafemeister

chapter 14|22 pages

Embodied language and number learning in developmental robots

ByAngelo Cangelosi, Anthony Morse, Alessandro Di Nuovo, Marek Rucinski, Francesca Stramandinoli, Davide Marocco, Vivian De La Cruz, Kerstin Fischer