Experience and Cognition Lab: Mind and Body

| What is the role of bodily experience in structuring the mind? | To what extent are concepts internalizations of perceptuo-motor interactions with the environment? My research addresses two related questions: how do mental simulations of physical experiences contribute to the instantiation of concepts online, and how does perceptuo-motor experience contribute to conceptual development? Meaning […]

Patterns of mind: How differences in languages and bodies influence different ways of thinking

| Do patterns in the ways we interact with the world affect cognition? | Daniel Casasanto’s research on linguistic and bodily relativity shows that they do. Specific features in our languages (for example, the types of metaphors commonly used) and our bodies (like whether we are right or left-handed) result in specific patterns in our […]

Jon Hamilton (NPR) | Without language, large numbers don’t add up

A study of people in Nicaragua has concluded that humans need language in order to understand large numbers… “It confirms that the kinds of problems in perceiving numerical quantities that we found in the Amazonian tribes is not due to just the cultural or environmental circumstances,” says Peter Gordon of Columbia University… “What’s exciting about […]

Experience and Cognition Lab: Culture and Cognition

Can cross-cultural variation reveal cognitive universals? Cultural experience, in addition to perceptuo-motor and linguistic experience, contributes to the creation of knowledge, and cross-cultural differences can demonstrate the diversity of the human conceptual repertoire. Yet, to the extent that our concepts depend on our cultural conventions and artifacts, these same cross-cultural differences can also provide powerful […]