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Speaking without Thinking: Embodiment, Speech Technology and Social Signal Processing

  • Tim Rohrer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6456)

Abstract

Neuroimaging results and related results from neuroscience have shown that the “multimodal” areas of the brain responsible for sensory integration are fundamental to semantic comprehension and language production. Developmental studies have shown that language comprehension and production involves infants learning by imitation from their caregivers to coordinate multimodal schemas that cross from one perceptual modality to another. Analyzing the both the physiological and socio-cultural constraints of embodiment on language, perception and cognition, I develop a theory of image schemas. As with the Gestalt perceptual structures, image schemas are dynamic perceptual wholes which prompt for ‘normal’ pattern completions based on our recurrent experiences in interacting with the world. I conclude by describing how both the theory of image schemas and embodied cognitive science generally can bring a fresh perspective to machine-learning problems such as the visual recognition of speech, emotion and gesture.

Keywords

embodiment social signal processing image schemas gestalt pattern completion embodied cognitive science multimodal schemas 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Rohrer
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  1. 1.Colorado Advanced Research InstituteBoulder

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