This work focuses on emotional concepts. We define concepts as patterns of neural activation that re-enact a given external or internal experience, for example the interoceptive experience related to fear. Concepts are mediated and expressed through words. In the following, we will use “words” to refer to word meanings, assuming that words mediate underlying concepts. Since emotional concepts and the words that mediate them are less related to the physical environment than concrete ones, at first sight they might be depicted as abstract concepts. Evidence coming from several studies shows, instead, that the issue is more complex. In this work, we will briefly outline the debate and illustrate results from recent studies on comprehension of concrete, emotional and abstract words in children and adults. We will argue that emotional words can be accounted for from a grounded perspective and will contend that emotional words represent a particular set of words that differs from both the concrete and purely abstract ones.

The particularity of emotional words. A grounded approach / Mazzuca, C.; Barca, L.; Borghi, A. M.. - In: RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI FILOSOFIA E PSICOLOGIA. - ISSN 2239-2629. - STAMPA. - 8:2(2017), pp. 124-133. [10.4453/rifp.2017.0010]

The particularity of emotional words. A grounded approach

Mazzuca C.;Borghi A. M.
2017

Abstract

This work focuses on emotional concepts. We define concepts as patterns of neural activation that re-enact a given external or internal experience, for example the interoceptive experience related to fear. Concepts are mediated and expressed through words. In the following, we will use “words” to refer to word meanings, assuming that words mediate underlying concepts. Since emotional concepts and the words that mediate them are less related to the physical environment than concrete ones, at first sight they might be depicted as abstract concepts. Evidence coming from several studies shows, instead, that the issue is more complex. In this work, we will briefly outline the debate and illustrate results from recent studies on comprehension of concrete, emotional and abstract words in children and adults. We will argue that emotional words can be accounted for from a grounded perspective and will contend that emotional words represent a particular set of words that differs from both the concrete and purely abstract ones.
2017
embodied and grounded cognition; abstract concepts; emotional words; language acquisition; language processing
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The particularity of emotional words. A grounded approach / Mazzuca, C.; Barca, L.; Borghi, A. M.. - In: RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI FILOSOFIA E PSICOLOGIA. - ISSN 2239-2629. - STAMPA. - 8:2(2017), pp. 124-133. [10.4453/rifp.2017.0010]
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