Embodied cognition theory proposes that individuals' abstract concepts can be associated with sensorimotor processes. The authors examined the effects of teaching participants novel embodied metaphors, not based in prior physical experience, and found evidence suggesting that they lead to embodied simulation, suggesting refinements to current models of embodied cognition. Creating novel embodiments of abstract concepts in the laboratory may be a useful method for examining mechanisms of embodied cognition.
Slepian, Michael, and N. Ambady. "Simulating sensorimotor metaphors: Novel metaphors influence sensory judgments." Cognition 130 (2014): 309-314.
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