What brain imaging can tell us about embodied meaning

Marcel Adam Just

in Symbols and Embodiment

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199217274
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696060 | DOI:
What brain imaging can tell us about embodied meaning

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This chapter discusses that brain imaging studies of language processing, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), can indicate under what circumstances the embodied aspects of language representations become activated. It notes that embodied representations are activated more often or not to a higher level in situations in which perceptual information is particularly useful or salient. Neural evidence clearly indicates that, at least in some cases, perceptual and motor representations are activated during processing that is primarily conceptual. It explains that brain imaging provides a useful tool for providing substantiating evidence of embodied cognition.

Keywords: brain imaging; language processing; functional magnetic resonance imaging; language representations; embodied cognition; perceptual representation; motor representation

Chapter.  4389 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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