Mental states inside out: switching costs for emotional and nonemotional sentences that differ in internal and external focus.

@article{Oosterwijk2012MentalSI,
  title={Mental states inside out: switching costs for emotional and nonemotional sentences that differ in internal and external focus.},
  author={Suzanne Oosterwijk and Piotr Winkielman and Diane Pecher and Ren{\'e} Zeelenberg and Mark Rotteveel and Agneta H. Fischer},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  year={2012},
  volume={40 1},
  pages={
          93-100
        }
}
Mental states-such as thinking, remembering, or feeling angry, happy, or dizzy-have a clear internal component. We feel a certain way when we are in these states. These internal experiences may be simulated when people understand conceptual references to mental states. However, mental states can also be described from an "external" perspective, for example when referring to "smiling." In those cases, simulation of visible outside features may be more relevant for understanding. In a switching… CONTINUE READING
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