Barbara Isanski • Catherine West (Association for Psychological Science) | The body of knowledge: Understanding embodied cognition

The cold shoulder. A heavy topic. A heroic white knight. We regularly use concrete, sensory-rich metaphors like these to express abstract ideas and complicated emotions. But a growing body of research is suggesting that these metaphors are more than just colorful literary devices — there may be an underlying neural basis that literally embodies these metaphors. Psychological scientists are giving us more insight into embodied cognition — the notion that the brain circuits responsible for abstract thinking are closely tied to those circuits that analyze and process sensory experiences— and its role in how we think and feel about our world…


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Barbara Isanski • Catherine West (Association for Psychological Science) | The body of knowledge: Understanding embodied cognition

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