Embodied Social Cognition

  • Jessica Lindblom

Part of the Cognitive Systems Monographs book series (COSMOS, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 295-301

About this book


This book clarifies the role and relevance of the body in social interaction and cognition from an embodied cognitive science perspective. Theories of embodied cognition have during the last decades offered a radical shift in explanations of the human mind, from traditional computationalism, to emphasizing the way cognition is shaped by the body and its sensorimotor interaction with the surrounding social and material world.

This book presents a theoretical framework for the relational nature of embodied social cognition, which is based on an interdisciplinary approach that ranges historically in time and across different disciplines. It includes work in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, phenomenology, ethology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, social psychology, linguistics, communication, and gesture studies.

The theoretical framework is illustrated by empirical work that provides some detailed observational fieldwork on embodied actions captured in three different episodes of spontaneous social interaction and cognition in situ.

Furthermore, the theoretical contributions and implications of the study of embodied social cognition are discussed and summed up. Finally, the issue what it would take for an artificial system to be socially embodied is addressed and discussed, as well as the practical relevance for applications to artificial intelligence (AI) and socially interactive technology.


Cognitive Systems Embodied Action Embodied Cognition Embodied Cognitive Science Embodied Social Cognition

Authors and affiliations

  • Jessica Lindblom
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  1. 1.School of InformaticsUniversity of SkövdeSkövdeSweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-20314-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-20315-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1867-4925
  • Series Online ISSN 1867-4933
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