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An efficient coding approach to the debate on grounded cognition

Wajnerman Paz, Abel (2018) An efficient coding approach to the debate on grounded cognition. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The debate between the amodal and the grounded views of cognition seems to be stuck. Their only substantial disagreement is about the vehicle or format of concepts. Amodal theorists reject the grounded claim that concepts are couched in the same modality-specific format as representations in sensory systems. The problem is that there is no clear characterization of (modal or amodal) format or its neural correlate. In order to make the disagreement empirically meaningful and move forward in the discussion we need a neurocognitive criterion for representational format. I argue that efficient coding models in computational neuroscience can be used to characterize modal codes: These are codes which satisfy special informational demands imposed by sensory tasks. Additionally, I examine recent studies on neural coding and argue that although they do not provide conclusive evidence for either the grounded or the amodal views, they can be used to determine what predictions these approaches can make and what experimental and theoretical developments would be required to settle the debate.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Wajnerman Paz, Abelabelwajnerman@gmail.com0000-0003-1551-527X
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Synthese
Keywords: Concepts; Format; Grounded cognition; Efficient coding
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Mr. Abel Wajnerman Paz
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 15:30
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 15:30
Item ID: 14701
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Date: 11 May 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14701

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