Situation models, mental simulations, and abstract concepts in discourse comprehension

  title={Situation models, mental simulations, and abstract concepts in discourse comprehension},
  author={Rolf A. Zwaan},
  booktitle={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
This article sets out to examine the role of symbolic and sensorimotor representations in discourse comprehension. It starts out with a review of the literature on situation models, showing how mental representations are constrained by linguistic and situational factors. These ideas are then extended to more explicitly include sensorimotor representations. Following Zwaan and Madden (2005), the author argues that sensorimotor and symbolic representations mutually constrain each other in… CONTINUE READING
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