Topics in Cognitive Science 4 (4):717-730 (2012)

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Anthony Chemero
University of Cincinnati
Michael L. Anderson
University of Western Ontario
Abstract
To accept that cognition is embodied is to question many of the beliefs traditionally held by cognitive scientists. One key question regards the localization of cognitive faculties. Here we argue that for cognition to be embodied and sometimes embedded, means that the cognitive faculty cannot be localized in a brain area alone. We review recent research on neural reuse, the 1/f structure of human activity, tool use, group cognition, and social coordination dynamics that we believe demonstrates how the boundary between the different areas of the brain, the brain and body, and the body and environment is not only blurred but indeterminate. In turn, we propose that cognition is supported by a nested structure of task-specific synergies, which are softly assembled from a variety of neural, bodily, and environmental components (including other individuals), and exhibit interaction dominant dynamics
Keywords Social coordination  Embodied cognition  Modularity  Dynamic systems  Faculty psychology
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DOI 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2012.01211.x
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