Introduction to Debates on Embodied Social Cognition


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Shannon Spaulding
Oklahoma State University
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Embodied social cognition (ESC) aims to explicate how our embodiment shapes our knowledge of others, and in what this knowledge of others consists. Although there is much diversity amongst ESC accounts, common to all these accounts is the idea that our normal everyday interactions consist in non-mentalistic embodied engagements. In recent years, several theorists have developed and defended innovative and controversial accounts of ESC. These accounts challenge, and offer deflationary alternatives to, the standard cognitivist accounts of social cognition. As ESC accounts grow in number and prominence, the time has come for a dedicated, sustained debate on ESC and its most controversial and innovative elements. The goal of this special issue is to host such a debate with the aim of bringing clarity to the discussion of social cognition.
Keywords embodied cognition  cognitivism  social cognition  folk psychology  developmental psychology  dynamical systems theory  mirror neurons
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DOI 10.1007/s11097-012-9275-x
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