About this Research Topic
To tackle these problems we suggest the Research Topic in which we encourage article submissions concerning the following four complexes of conceptual and methodological questions:
(1) [Ontology of cognition] Are cognitive processes only a matter of the brain or do they involve bodily and worldly processes as well? And if so, what exactly is the relationship between cognitive processes on the one hand and their neuronal, bodily, and worldly basis on the other?
(2) [Explanation of cognition] In order to understand cognition in humans and other animals, do we need to include bodily, environmental, and social factors as well? And if so, what do such epistemological considerations tell us with regard to the ontological issues raised in (1)?
This leads us to investigate the scope of the models of cognition:
(3) [Scope of the classical sandwich model] Is the separation into perception, cognition, and action an adequate description of cognitive phenomena in general? If not, is it viable only in some cases (and in which ones) or is it not tenable at all?
(4) [Scope of the traditional account of the computational mind] Are internal mental representations and computational processes indispensable for all cognitive phenomena? If so, what kinds of representations are relevant? If not, how much can anti-representational accounts of cognition accomplish and when and why do they fail?
The aim of this Research Topic is to further our knowledge on these four foundational questions, thus enabling substantial progress towards a unified theory of situated cognition by improving our conceptual and methodological perspectives.
The goal of this Research Topic is to provide an interdisciplinary perspective combing philosophy, psychology, and neurosciences. Thus, these central questions are expected to be discussed based on concrete phenomena: we welcome the discussion of four areas of mental phenomena, including:
(1) perception and agency
(3) social understanding
(4) linguistic understanding
We also welcome original empirical studies that clearly contribute to one of the theoretical questions. We furthermore welcome reviews of relevant empirical studies if those are intensely embedded into the context of theoretical analysis. Finally, we are open to article submissions by defenders and opponents of the framework of situated cognition since we aim to disclose the advantages and limits of this framework.
Keywords: Situated Cognition, 4E Cognition, Perception-Action-Coupling, Mark of the Mental, Cognition and Action
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