Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0929-0907
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9943


Cognitive science is a group of disciplines, with a research effort in the study of cognition. A central issue in this study is how our mental states relate to the world outside. The concept of Intentionality is central to this discussion, and that is why we pretend to establish a clear approach to address it, particularly the possible effect it might have in the field of cognitive robotics. This discipline considers as a basic principle the interaction between agents and the environment in which they develop with the use of different cognitive mechanisms. We focus in the study of Internal Models, namely Inverse and Forward Models, which are thought as a foundation in the coding of basic sensorimotor schemes. Our main aim is to highlight the importance of the concept of Intentionality and its possible relation to Internal Models and their functioning. We intend to establish a new research line, following mainly Dewey and Heidegger’s stance on the issue. Our attempt is to realise a study of Intentionality from the perspective of the basic relationship between the environment and the agent, in a pragmatic sense. This relationship is consistent with embodied cognition, a proposal that has thrived in recent research and aims to reassert the importance of the body in the development of cognition.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): action; affordances; cognition; Intentionality; Internal Models; prediction
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