In his position paper, Calzavarini (Citation2023) argues that recent studies in multisensory research challenge the claim that word meaning is grounded in modality-specific representations. Here we argue that the coherence of the Grounded Cognition model does not require the modality-specificity assumption. In fact, already some “strong” versions of the model had relied on a multimodal view of the sensorimotor cortex that seems consistent with much of the evidence discussed in the paper. Next, we address some possible consequences for empirical research using behavioural methods, particularly for norming studies on word meaning. We conclude by identifying some open issues.

Grounded cognition can be multimodal all the way down / Borghi, Anna M.; Mazzuca, Claudia; Gervasi, ANGELO MATTIA; Mannella &, Francesco; Tummolini, Luca. - In: LANGUAGE, COGNITION AND NEUROSCIENCE. - ISSN 2327-3801. - (2023). [10.1080/23273798.2023.2210238]

Grounded cognition can be multimodal all the way down

Anna M. Borghi
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Claudia Mazzuca;Angelo Mattia Gervasi;
2023

Abstract

In his position paper, Calzavarini (Citation2023) argues that recent studies in multisensory research challenge the claim that word meaning is grounded in modality-specific representations. Here we argue that the coherence of the Grounded Cognition model does not require the modality-specificity assumption. In fact, already some “strong” versions of the model had relied on a multimodal view of the sensorimotor cortex that seems consistent with much of the evidence discussed in the paper. Next, we address some possible consequences for empirical research using behavioural methods, particularly for norming studies on word meaning. We conclude by identifying some open issues.
2023
multimodality; conceptual representation; concepts; grounded cognition; norms; sensorimotor cortices; perception and action
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Grounded cognition can be multimodal all the way down / Borghi, Anna M.; Mazzuca, Claudia; Gervasi, ANGELO MATTIA; Mannella &, Francesco; Tummolini, Luca. - In: LANGUAGE, COGNITION AND NEUROSCIENCE. - ISSN 2327-3801. - (2023). [10.1080/23273798.2023.2210238]
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