Your words matter: What you say and how you think

2016-07-12T20:05:25Z (GMT) by Stacey Teltser Jake Kurczek
<div> <div> <div> <div> <p>Teltser, S.*, & Kurczek, J. (2013, April). Your words matter. <i>Oral presentation at the Coe College Student Research Symposium</i>, Cedar Rapids, IA.</p><p> Recent research has demonstrated that areas of the brain involved in sensory processing are also involved in simulation (Kosslyn, Thompson, Kim & Alpert, 1995). </p> <p> Speer et al. (2009) found that people reading a story simulated the events while reading </p> <p> Further, the neural theory of language has also proposed that language comprehension involves simulation (Feldman & Narayanan, 2004).</p> <p> The link to metaphors is through the theory of perceptual symbols systems (Barsalou, 1999) and conceptual metaphor theory (Lakoff, 1992) which state that understanding of concepts requires a reactivation of our previous experiences  </p><p> </p><div> <div> <div> <div> <p> We understand more abstract concepts through our experiences/simulations of our actual experiences </p> <p> We propose that when using metaphors (cognitive devices that allow us to understand one concept in terms of another) we activate primary sensory cortices </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>