Embodiment in Attitudes, Social Perception, and Emotion

  title={Embodiment in Attitudes, Social Perception, and Emotion},
  author={Paula M. Niedenthal and Lawrence W. Barsalou and Piotr Winkielman and Silvia Krauth‐Gruber and François Ric},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={184 - 211}
Findings in the social psychology literatures on attitudes, social perception, and emotion demonstrate that social information processing involves embodiment, where embodiment refers both to actual bodily states and to simulations of experience in the brain's modality-specific systems for perception, action, and introspection. We show that embodiment underlies social information processing when the perceiver interacts with actual social objects (online cognition) and when the perceiver… Expand
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