Grounded cognition

Annu Rev Psychol. 2008;59:617-45. doi: 10.1146/annurev.psych.59.103006.093639.

Abstract

Grounded cognition rejects traditional views that cognition is computation on amodal symbols in a modular system, independent of the brain's modal systems for perception, action, and introspection. Instead, grounded cognition proposes that modal simulations, bodily states, and situated action underlie cognition. Accumulating behavioral and neural evidence supporting this view is reviewed from research on perception, memory, knowledge, language, thought, social cognition, and development. Theories of grounded cognition are also reviewed, as are origins of the area and common misperceptions of it. Theoretical, empirical, and methodological issues are raised whose future treatment is likely to affect the growth and impact of grounded cognition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Imagination
  • Linguistics
  • Memory
  • Psychological Theory
  • Social Behavior
  • Social Perception
  • Symbolism