A perceptual account of symbolic reasoning

Autor(en): Landy, David
Allen, Colin
Zednik, Carlos
Stichwörter: DIAGRAMS; embodied cognition; formal logic; human reasoning; MATHEMATICS; perception; Psychology; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; REPRESENTATION; SCIENCE
Erscheinungsdatum: 2014
Herausgeber: FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
Journal: FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Volumen: 5
Zusammenfassung: 
People can be taught to manipulate symbols according to formal mathematical and logical rules. Cognitive scientists have traditionally viewed this capacity the capacity for symbolic reasoning as grounded in the ability to internally represent numbers, logical relationships, and mathematical rules in an abstract, amodal fashion. We present an alternative view, portraying symbolic reasoning as a special kind of embodied reasoning in which arithmetic and logical formulae, externally represented as notations, serve as targets for powerful perceptual and sensorimotor systems. Although symbolic reasoning often conforms to abstract mathematical principles, it is typically implemented by perceptual and sensorimotor engagement with concrete environmental structures.
ISSN: 16641078
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00275

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