The capability to form and use concepts is a core component of human cognition. Although all concepts are grounded in sensorimotor processes, more abstract concepts (e.g., "truth") collect more heterogeneous and perceptually dissimilar exemplars; thus, linguistic interaction and social interaction are particularly crucial for their acquisition and use. Because of their indeterminacy, abstract concepts generate more uncertainty than more concrete concepts; hence, they induce people to monitor their inner knowledge longer and then to consult others to ask for information and negotiate the concept's meaning. I propose that people need others more for abstract concepts than for concrete concepts: Other people are essential to acquire, process, and use abstract concepts. Conceiving abstract concepts in these terms requires the employment of novel, interactive methods to investigate how people represent them during their use.

Concepts for Which We Need Others More: The Case of Abstract Concepts / Borghi, A. M.. - In: CURRENT DIRECTIONS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE. - ISSN 1467-8721. - 31:3(2022), pp. 238-246. [10.1177/09637214221079625]

Concepts for Which We Need Others More: The Case of Abstract Concepts

Borghi A. M.
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2022

Abstract

The capability to form and use concepts is a core component of human cognition. Although all concepts are grounded in sensorimotor processes, more abstract concepts (e.g., "truth") collect more heterogeneous and perceptually dissimilar exemplars; thus, linguistic interaction and social interaction are particularly crucial for their acquisition and use. Because of their indeterminacy, abstract concepts generate more uncertainty than more concrete concepts; hence, they induce people to monitor their inner knowledge longer and then to consult others to ask for information and negotiate the concept's meaning. I propose that people need others more for abstract concepts than for concrete concepts: Other people are essential to acquire, process, and use abstract concepts. Conceiving abstract concepts in these terms requires the employment of novel, interactive methods to investigate how people represent them during their use.
2022
abstract concepts; abstract words; conceptual development; emotional concepts; grounded cognition; interactive methods; interoception; social interaction
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Concepts for Which We Need Others More: The Case of Abstract Concepts / Borghi, A. M.. - In: CURRENT DIRECTIONS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE. - ISSN 1467-8721. - 31:3(2022), pp. 238-246. [10.1177/09637214221079625]
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