Sentence comprehension affects the dynamics of bimanual coordination: Implications for embodied cognition

@article{Olmstead2009SentenceCA,
  title={Sentence comprehension affects the dynamics of bimanual coordination: Implications for embodied cognition},
  author={Annie J. Olmstead and Navin Viswanathan and Karen A. Aicher and Carol A. Fowler},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={62},
  pages={2409 - 2417}
}
Recent work in embodied cognition has demonstrated that language comprehension involves the motor system (e.g., Glenberg & Kaschak, 2002). Such findings are often attributed to mechanisms involving simulations of linguistically described events (Barsalou, 1999; Fischer & Zwaan, 2008). We propose that research paradigms in which simulation is the central focus need to be augmented with paradigms that probe the organization of the motor system during language comprehension. The use of well… 

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