Emergence of the Symbolic Function
On the surface, natural language appears to be embodied in an extremely sophisticated communication system that, through the mutual recall of meanings accomplished by using suitable triggering stimuli, allows distinct cognitive agents to perform adaptive behaviors; besides, such stimuli are typically thought of in terms of a set of symbols, i.e. meaning recalling entities, associated to a set of processes for their manipulation. However, the nature of both communication and symbols as well as the nature of their manipulation processes isn’t still clearly understood.
KeywordsSemantic Representation Symbolic Function Hide Unit Perceptual Category Physical Stimulus
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