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Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher
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Patrick Haggard

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231447.001.0001

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Using conceptual knowledge in action and language

Using conceptual knowledge in action and language

(p.575) 25 Using conceptual knowledge in action and language
Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher Cognition

Michiel van Elk

Hein T. van Schie

Oliver Lindemann

Harold Bekkering

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the concept of action semantics and reviews existing literature dealing with functional mechanisms underlying conceptual knowledge and goal-directed behaviour. Recent findings indicate that that semantic information is selected in a flexible manner in accordance with the action intention of the actor where long-term conceptual associations may be overruled by current behavioural goals. These findings suggest that the theory of selection-for-action may be extended to include selection of semantic information that is relevant for the intended action and that the theory of selection-for-action may provide a useful framework for studying the associations between language, action, and perception.

Keywords:   action semantics, goal-directed behaviour, conceptual knowledge, semantic information, conceptual association, action, language, perception

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