Action, Perception and the Brain

Adaptation and Cephalic Expression

  • Jay Schulkin

Part of the New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science book series (NDPCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jay Schulkin
    Pages 1-24
  3. Susanne Shultz, Robin IM Dunbar
    Pages 43-67
  4. Henry Brighton, Gerd Gigerenzer
    Pages 68-91
  5. Mark Johnson
    Pages 92-116
  6. Shaun Gallagher, Katsunori Miyahara
    Pages 117-146
  7. Michael Wheeler
    Pages 147-163
  8. Sébastien Hétu, Philip L. Jackson
    Pages 190-217
  9. Jay Schulkin, Patrick Heelan
    Pages 218-258
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 259-272

About this book


Theories of brain evolution stress communication and sociality are essential to our capacity to represent objects as intersubjectively accessible. How did we grow as a species to be able to recognize objects as common, as that which can also be seen in much the same way by others? Such constitution of intersubjectively accessible objects is bound up with our flexible and sophisticated capacities for social cognition understanding others and their desires, intentions, emotions, and moods which are crucial to the way human beings live. This book is about contemporary philosophical and neuroscientific perspectives on the relation of action, perception, and cognition as it is lived in embodied and socially embedded experience. This emphasis on embodiment and embeddedness is a change from traditional theories, which focused on isolated, representational, and conceptual cognition. In the new perspectives contained in our book, such 'pure' cognition is thought to be under-girded and interpenetrated by embodied and embedded processes.


action cognition Embodiment perception

Editors and affiliations

  • Jay Schulkin
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA

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