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Neurosemiotics

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Neurosemiotics is about the sign or signal related aspects of synapses, neurons and neural nets [20,29]. Because neurons are the physiological tissue within which the brain or mind resides, neurosemiotics is also about cognition or about humans as information processing and connectionist systems [30].

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To understand the complex relationships between signs, signals and semiosis as aspects of semiotics on the one hand and brain and cognition on the other hand, an aid for understanding the distinction in various (ontological) levels of description [5,26,23] is used. The explanation of this conceptual help is followed (Neuro-psychological consequences) by a description of its neuropsychological implications and after that (Neurosemiotics) by an analysis of various categorizations of signs. The article ends (The role of Neurosemiotics) with a determination of the role of neurosemiotics.

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Jorna, R.J. (2009). Neurosemiotics. In: Binder, M.D., Hirokawa, N., Windhorst, U. (eds) Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29678-2_3946

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