Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Barsalou: Perpetual symbol systems

Perceptions of perceptual symbols

Lawrence W. Barsalou a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322


Various defenses of amodal symbol systems are addressed, including amodal symbols in sensory-motor areas, the causal theory of concepts, supramodal concepts, latent semantic analysis, and abstracted amodal symbols. Various aspects of perceptual symbol systems are clarified and developed, including perception, features, simulators, category structure, frames, analogy, introspection, situated action, and development. Particular attention is given to abstract concepts, language, and computational mechanisms.