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Gallagher, S. (2011). Interpretations of embodied cognition. In W. Tschacher and C. Bergomi (Eds.), The Implications of Embodiment: Cognition and Communication (pp. 59-70). United Kingdom: Imprint Academic.

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ISBN: 9781845402402


The concept of embodied cognition (EC) is not a settled one. A variety of theorists have attempted to outline different approaches and meanings related to this concept. They range from radical embodiment to minimal embodiment, and a number of positions in between. In addition, a variety of approaches to the study of cognition have been closely associated with the notion of embodiment – including enactive, embedded, and extended or distributed cognition approaches. Within these different perspectives there is no strong consensus on what weight to give to the concept of embodiment. Moreover, contrary to what some may think, not all EC approaches share a common opposition to the classical computational model of cognition. In this chapter I want to map out the landscape of these various senses of embodied cognition.