Grounding language in action

  title={Grounding language in action},
  author={Arthur M. Glenberg and Michael P. Kaschak},
  journal={Psychonomic Bulletin \& Review},
We report a new phenomenon associated with language comprehension: theaction—sentence compatibility effect (ACE). Participants judged whether sentences were sensible by making a response that required moving toward or away from their bodies. When a sentence implied action in one direction (e.g., “Close the drawer” implies action away from the body), the participants had difficulty making a sensibility judgment requiring a response in the opposite direction. The ACE was demonstrated for three… 
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