Body-specific representations of action verbs: neural evidence from right- and left-handers.

@article{Willems2010BodyspecificRO,
  title={Body-specific representations of action verbs: neural evidence from right- and left-handers.},
  author={Roel M. Willems and Peter Hagoort and Daniel Casasanto},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2010},
  volume={21 1},
  pages={67-74}
}
According to theories of embodied cognition, understanding a verb like throw involves unconsciously simulating the action of throwing, using areas of the brain that support motor planning. If understanding action words involves mentally simulating one's own actions, then the neurocognitive representation of word meanings should differ for people with different kinds of bodies, who perform actions in systematically different ways. In a test of the body-specificity hypothesis, we used functional… CONTINUE READING

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