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›› 2012, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (6): 834-842.

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Motor Perception in Language Comprehension: Perspective from Embodied Cognition

QU Fang-Bing;Yin Rong;Zhong Yuan;YE Hao-Sheng   

  1. (1 School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China)
    (2 The Center for Mind and Brain, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China)
  • Received:2011-10-14 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2012-06-15 Published:2012-06-15
  • Contact: YE Hao-Sheng

Abstract: Embodied Cognition is the newest research paradigm and approach in the cognitive science. The central tenet of this approach is that sensorimotor systems are automatically engaged during conceptual processing and bodily process constrains how we perceive others. Embodied language comprehension holds that the system of body, motor and perception play a significant role in language cognition. The theories concerning embodied language comprehension, such as Indexical Hypothesis, Immersed Experiencer Frame and Neural Theory of Language, were firstly reviewed. Secondly, empirical evidences supporting embodiment in language comprehension are reviewed from four perspectives, which are phonological perception, lexical processing, sentence and passage comprehension. Future studies should focus on the explanation of advanced and abstract representation, such as the concrete representation form of embodied words, sentences and passages, and extending the views of embodied language cognition into localization cognition research.

Key words: embodied cognition, language comprehension, motor perception, mental simulation