The Forest Behind (and Beyond) the Trees
In this chapter, we first summarize the commonalities and differences between the Social Context Network Model (SCNM) and the Hand-Action-Network Dynamic Language Embodiment (HANDLE) model. Together, both models delineate the broad scope of a situated, integrative conception of human cognition. We also discuss their current translational, epistemological, and methodological implications. In particular, although both models are rooted in mainstream approaches within social and cognitive neuroscience, they favor a situated, synergistic view of mental processes. Such a conception paves the way for breakthroughs in understanding our mind’s sensus communis (the capacity to holistically make sense of our experiences by blending information from multiple sensorial, motor, and cognitive levels). At a theoretical level, we propose that intercognitive phenomena could be fruitfully approached assuming emergent, dynamical, and nonrepresentationalist views of neurocognition . This recast of mental phenomena rests on nonorthodox philosophical tenets. At an empirical level, we suggest new experimental designs and methodological implementations to foster a more naturalistic and ecological approach to intercognition. Building on these theoretical and methodological innovations, a context-based approach to embodied neurocognition may help to transcend the isolationist, passive, individualistic rationale that still dominates the field.
KeywordsSCNM HANDLE Situated cognition Synergistic view of mental processes Intercognition Sensus communis Emergent-dynamical-and-nonrepresentationalist views of neurocognition Ecological approach to cognition
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