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The Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition

Edited By

Lawrence Shapiro

ISBN 9781138573970
Published October 12, 2017 by Routledge
420 Pages

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Book Description

Embodied cognition is one of the foremost areas of study and research in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology and cognitive science. The Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition is an outstanding guide and reference source to the key topics and debates in this exciting subject and essential reading for any student and scholar of philosophy of mind and cognitive science.

Comprising over thirty chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into six parts:

  • Historical underpinnings
  • Perspectives on embodied cognition
  • Applied embodied cognition: perception, language, and reasoning
  • Applied embodied cognition: social and moral cognition and emotion
  • Applied embodied cognition: memory, attention, and group cognition
  • Meta-topics.

The early chapters of the Handbook cover empirical and philosophical foundations of embodied cognition, focusing on Gibsonian and phenomenological approaches. Subsequent chapters cover additional, important themes common to work in embodied cognition, including embedded, extended and enactive cognition as well as chapters on empirical research in perception, language, reasoning, social and moral cognition, emotion, consciousness, memory, and learning and development.

Table of Contents

Introduction Lawrence Shapiro 

Part 1: Historical Underpinnings 

1. Phenomenology and Embodied Cognition Shaun Gallagher 

2. A Ten Commandments for Ecological Psychology Claire Michaels and Zsolt Palatinus 

Part 2: Perspectives on Embodied Cognition 

3. Extended Cognition Ken Aizawa 

4. Complex Dynamical Systems Modeling in the Cognitive Sciences Anthony Chemero and Michael Richardson 

5. The Role of the Motor System in Cognitive Functions Laila Craighero 

6. Embedded and Situated Cognition Michael Dawson 

7. Brain in a Vat or Body in a World? Brainbound versus Enactive Views of Experience Evan Thompson and Ezequiel Di Paolo 

Part 3: Applied Embodied Cognition: Perception, Language and Reasoning 

8. Music Perception and Embodied Music Cognition Marc Leman and Pieter-Jan Maes 

9. Enactive Vision Erik Myin and Jan Degenaar 

10. Perception and/for/with/as Action Cedar Reiner and Jeanine Stefanucci 

11. Different Bodies, Different Minds: The Body Specificity of Language and Thought Daniel Casasanto 

12. Embodiment and Language Comprehension Michael Kaschak, John L. Jones, Julie Carranza, and Melissa R. Fox 

13. Embodiment and Language Claudia Scorolli 

14. Linking Words to World: An Embodiment Perspective Chen Yu 

15. Gesture in Reasoning: An Embodied Perspective Martha Alibali, Rebecca Boncoddo, and Autumn Hostetter 

16. The Embodied Dynamics of Problem Solving: New Structure from Multi-Scale Interactions Jay Dixon, Damian Kelty-Stephen, and Jason Anastas 

17. Grounded Mathematical Reasoning Mitchell Nathan 

18. Embodied Interaction, Coordination and Reasoning in Computer Gameplay Tarja Susi 

Part 4: Applied Embodied Cognition: Social and Moral Cognition and Emotion 

19. Embodied Cognition and Theory of Mind Shannon Spaulding 

20. When Bodies Interact… Culture is Born Tamer Soliman and Art Glenberg 

21. Morality in the Flesh: A Review of Psychological Literature Chen-Bo Zhong and Brendan Strejcek 

22. Body and Emotion Michelle Maiese 

23. Embodied Emotion Concepts Paula Niedenthal, Adrienne Wood, and Magdalena Rychlowska 

24. Embodiment in the Construction of Emotion Experience and Emotion Understanding Suzanne Oosterwijk and Linda Feldman Barrett 

Part 5: Applied Embodied Cognition: Memory, Attention and Group Cognition 

25. Visual Experience Michael Madary 

26. First-order Embodiment, Second-order Embodiment, Third-order Embodiment Thomas Metzinger 

27. Acting for Bodily Awareness Frederique de Vignemont 

28. Memory and Action Katinka Dijkstra and Rolf Zwaan 

29. The Embodiment of Attention in the Action-Perception Loop Michael Spivey and Stephanie Huette 

30. Embodied Remembering John Sutton and Kellie Williamson 

31. Embodiment, Cognition and the World Wide Web Paul Smart 

32. The Constitution of Group Cognition Gerry Stahl 

33. Varieties of Group Cognition Georg Theiner 

Part 6: Meta-Topics 

34. Cognition Gary Hatfield 

35. Revolution, Reform, or Business as Usual? The Future Prospects for Embodied Cognition Michael Wheeler. 


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Lawrence Shapiro is a professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA. He has authored many articles spanning the range of philosophy of psychology. His most recent book, Embodied Cognition (Routledge, 2011), won the American Philosophical Association’s Joseph B. Gittler award in 2013.


"With this collection of essays, written by active researchers based in the US and Europe, Shapiro provides an up-to-date description of the theory’s historical roots and philosophical underpinnings, along with supporting empirical evidence from human studies employing cognitive tasks and neuroimaging. … Given the fact that research in this area cuts across multiple disciplines - including philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, cognitive science, robotics, and artificial intelligence - and is rapidly expanding, this is a timely and important work for scholars. … Summing Up: Highly recommended." - K. G. Akers, CHOICE

"This excellent collection arrives at a most appropriate time in the history of cognitive science. The editor’s choice of topics and contributors is skillful, and remarkably - given how difficult these topics can become - the chapters will be accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike." - Gordon Bermant, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"This is an essential collection for researchers working in any area of cognitive science, and one that transitions embodied cognition from its position as a reactionary discipline to a research programme in its own right. I expect this volume will act as a springboard for exciting new directions in teaching and research." - Stefan Linquist, University of Guelph, Canada

"This Handbook is a landmark in the embodied cognition field. It stands as a singular introduction to the methods and commitments of embodied cognition across a wide array of topics, with original chapters by some of the most prominent philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists at work today." - Elliott Sober, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

"Unparalleled in its accessibility and breadth of coverage, this volume serves as a perfect introduction to embodied cognition while also being enormously useful to experts. It includes cutting-edge ideas, illuminating reviews of standard positions and theoretical controversies, and a plethora of specific applications across the gamut of cognition, though always with an eye on the big picture." - Dan Ryder, University of British Columbia - Okanagan, Canada