Manipulating Objects and Telling Words: A Study on Concrete and Abstract Words Acquisition

  title={Manipulating Objects and Telling Words: A Study on Concrete and Abstract Words Acquisition},
  author={Anna M. Borghi and Andrea Flumini and Felice Cimatti and Davide Marocco and Claudia Scorolli},
  booktitle={Front. Psychology},
Four experiments (E1-E2-E3-E4) investigated whether different acquisition modalities lead to the emergence of differences typically found between concrete and abstract words, as argued by the words as tools (WAT) proposal. To mimic the acquisition of concrete and abstract concepts, participants either manipulated novel objects or observed groups of objects interacting in novel ways (Training 1). In TEST 1 participants decided whether two elements belonged to the same category. Later they read… CONTINUE READING
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