Communication, concepts and grounding

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Abstract

This article discusses the relation between communication and conceptual grounding. In the brain, neurons, circuits and brain areas are involved in the representation of a concept, grounding it in perception and action. In terms of grounding we can distinguish between communication within the brain and communication between humans or between humans and machines. In the first form of communication, a concept is activated by sensory input. Due to grounding, the information provided by this communication is not just determined by the sensory input but also by the outgoing connection structure of the conceptual representation, which is based on previous experiences and actions. The second form of communication, that between humans or between humans and machines, is influenced by the first form. In particular, a more successful interpersonal communication might require forms of situated cognition and interaction in which the entire representations of grounded concepts are involved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-117
Number of pages6
JournalNeural networks
Volume62
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2015

Keywords

  • Assemblies
  • Communication
  • Concepts
  • Grounding
  • Situated cognition

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