A. Riegler, M. Peschl & A. von Stein (eds.)
Understanding Representation in the Cognitive Sciences
Plenum Academic / Kluwer Publishers

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Position Paper

Does Representation Need Reality?
 Markus F. Peschl & Alexander Riegler 9 Download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (Reader available for free).

Overview of Contributions 19

Different Facets of Representation

The Connectionist Route to Embodiment and Dynamicism
 Georg Dorffner 23

The Ontological Status of Representations
 Matthias Scheutz 33

Empirical and MetaphysicalAnti-Representationalism
 Anthony Chemero 39

Representation in Cognitive Neuroscience
 Alfredo Pereira Jr. 49

Cognition without Representation?
 Daniel D. Hutto 57

Computational Approaches

On Computing Systems and Their Environment
 Georg Schwarz 75

Representation and Cognitive Explanation
 William S. Robinson 83

When Coffee Cups Are Like Old Elephants, or Why Representation Modules Don't Make Sense
 Robert M. French 93

The Recommendation Architecture: Relating Cognition to Physiology
 L. Andrew Coward 101

Cognition as a Dynamical System

Neurodynamics and the Revival of Associationism in Cognitive Science
 Pim Haselager 115

The Dynamic Manifestation of Cognitive Structures in the Cerebral Cortex
 Steven L. Bressler 121

Response Selectivity, Neuron Doctrine, and Mach's Principle in Perception
 Ken Mogi 127

Mental Representations: A Computational-Neuroscience Scheme
 Marius Usher & Ernst Niebur 135

Relevance of Action for Representation

Sketchpads In and Beyond the Brain
 Erich Harth 143

Inductive Learning with External Representations
 Mark Wexler 147

Does the Brain Represent the World?Evidence Against the Mapping Assumption
 Astrid von Stein 161

Perception Through Anticipation. A Behaviour-Based Approach to Visual Perception
 Ralf Möller 169

Symbol Grounding and Language

Rethinking Grounding
 Tom Ziemke 177

Reality: A Prerequisite to Meaningful Representation
 N. Chandler, V. Balendran, L. Evett, & K. Sivayoganathan 191

Explorations in Synthetic Pragmatics
 Christian Balkenius & Simon Winter 199

Communication and Social Coupling

Does Semantics Need Reality?
 Peter Gärdenfors 209

Empiricism and Social Reality: Can Cognitive Science Be Socialized?
 J. Richard Eiser 219

Habitus and Animats
 Tom Routen 229

Processing Concepts and Scenarios: Electrophysiological Findings on Language Representation
 S. Weiss, H. M. Müller, & P. Rappelsberger 237

Constructivist Consequences: Translation and Reality
 Hanna Risku 247

Qualitative Aspects of Representation and Consciousness

The Observer in the Brain
 Wolf Singer 253

Reality and Representation. Qualia, Computers, and the "Explanatory Gap"
 Michael Pauen 257


Can a Constructivist Distinguish between Experience and Representation?
 Annika Wallin 269

How Animals Handle Reality--The Adaptive Aspect of Representation
 Sverre Sjölander 277

Piaget's Legacy: Cognition as Adaptive Activity
 Ernst von Glasersfeld 283


Discussions of Representation and Constructivism 289

Subject Index 301