Beyond perceptual symbols: A call for representational pluralism

Cognition 110 (3):412-431 (2009)
Recent evidence from cognitive neuroscience suggests that certain cognitive processes employ perceptual representations. Inspired by this evidence, a few researchers have proposed that cognition is inherently perceptual. They have developed an innovative theoretical approach that rests on the notion of perceptual simulation and marshaled several general arguments supporting the centrality of perceptual representations to concepts. In this article, I identify a number of weaknesses in these arguments and defend a multiple semantic code approach that posits both perceptual and non-perceptual representations.
Keywords Concepts  Perceptual Symbols  Representation  Empiricism  Mental imagery
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DOI 10.1016/j.cognition.2008.11.016
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