On the foundations of perceptial symbol systems: Specifying embodied representations via connectionism

Joyce, D.W, Richards, L.V, Cangelosi, A and Coventry, K.R (2003) On the foundations of perceptial symbol systems: Specifying embodied representations via connectionism. In: The Logic of Cognitive Systems. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Cognitive Modelling. Universitats-Verlag, Bamberg, Germany, pp. 147-152.

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Embodied theories of cognition propose that symbol systems are analogue (e.g. Barsalou, 1999; Glenberg, 1997), as opposed to the classicist view that they are amodal e.g. Newell and Simon (1976), Fodor (1998). The fundamental problem of symbol grounding (Harnad, 1990) is resolved in embodied theories by admitting only theories of symbolic representation that are grounded in the perceptual system’s representation (rather than by reference or mapping of amodal symbols through the sensory systems of the agent). These are often called analogical representations (Mandler, 1998). Barsalou’s (1999) proposal for perceptual symbol systems (PSS) provides just such a framework for how analogue symbols might come into being, but remains agnostic on the implementation of these PSSs. In this paper, we advance an implementation of PSSs which might fill this explanatory gap. We provide descriptions, an implementation and results from a model and its consequences for Barsalou’s theory and embodied representations generally. We constrain our model to the visual modality, but without loss of generality.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work and Psychology (former - to 2012)
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 12:00
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 23:38
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/58844

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