Language comprehenders mentally represent the shapes of objects.

@article{Zwaan2002LanguageCM,
  title={Language comprehenders mentally represent the shapes of objects.},
  author={Rolf A. Zwaan and Robert A. Stanfield and Richard H. Yaxley},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2002},
  volume={13 2},
  pages={168-71}
}
We examined the prediction that people activate perceptual symbols during language comprehension. Subjects read sentences describing an animal or object in a certain location. The shape of the object or animal changed as a function of its location (e.g., eagle in the sky, eagle in a nest). However, this change was only implied by the sentences. After reading a sentence, subjects were presented with a line drawing of the object in question. They judged whether the object had been mentioned in… CONTINUE READING
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