Sensorimotor Representations and Concepts: A Two-day Workshop

October 19, 2012 - October 20, 2012
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf



Tim Seuchter
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Alex Tillas
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Gottfried Vosgerau
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Arne Weber
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

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Traditionally, cognitive scientists argued for a view of the mind in which perception, cognition and action were seen as distinct (classical sandwich). Recently, this view of the human mind has been questioned and a call for renegotiation of the relations between input, central processing and output systems of the mind has been put forth. In particular, proponents of ‘embodiment’ argue that the human body plays a crucial role in cognition, while proponents of ‘grounded cognition’ argue that cognition is ultimately analyzable into sensorimotor representations.

The focus of this two-day workshop will be on theoretical questions related to the ‘grounding cognition thesis’ and the implications stemming from the claim that sensorimotor representations play a crucial role in cognition. An attempt will be made to address, amongst others, the following issues: 

  • Are sensorimotor representations, and therefore our abilities to perceive and to move, necessary conditions for cognition?
  • Are sensorimotor representations sufficient for cognition, or a further, possibly amodal code is required?
  • Does conceptual thought always have a sensorimotor counterpart? Do sensorimotor representations play the role of a mere starting point for cognition, after which the latter becomes independent?
  • Do impairments in sensorimotor abilities entail impairments in cognitive abilities? If so, does the reverse relation hold?
  • Does cognition influence sensorimotor perception, (top-down effects on perception)?

List of Contributors:

Wolfgang Prinz
Pierre Jacob
Corrado Sinigaglia
Dan Weisskopf
Nivedita Gangopadhyay
Jennifer Cook
Byron Kaldis
Gottfried Vosgerau
Alex Tillas

Participation is free. Please register by email to tim.seuchter(at) or

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October 19, 2012, 2:00pm CET

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