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ERIC Number: EJ833027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
ISSN: ISSN-0163-853X
Embodied Anticipation: A Neurodevelopmental Interpretation
Kinsbourne, Marcel; Jordan, J. Scott
Discourse Processes: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v46 n2-3 p103-126 Mar 2009
This article proposes an approach to the brain's role in communication that treats the brain as the vehicle of a multi-scale embodiment of anticipation. Instead of conceptualizing anticipation as something a brain is able to do when circumstances seem to require it, this study proposes that anticipation is continuous and ongoing because to anticipate is an inherent design characteristic of the brain. Correspondingly, there is no anticipation module in the brain, and no focal lesion selectively abolishes the brain's propensity to anticipate. Anticipation is a wager based on previous experience. It readies a response to an event that has yet to occur. First, the anticipation is "embrained" in terms of covert neural representations, and then it is embodied in terms of rudiments of the embrained actions and expressions of feeling. This study applies this concept to conversation and shows that nested anticipations precede the dynamics of the actual encounter and continue at each turn as long as the conversation lasts. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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