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Symbols and EmbodimentDebates on meaning and cognition$
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Manuel de Vega, Arthur Glenberg, and Arthur Graesser

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217274

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217274.001.0001

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What brain imaging can tell us about embodied meaning

What brain imaging can tell us about embodied meaning

(p.75) Chapter 5 What brain imaging can tell us about embodied meaning
Symbols and Embodiment

Marcel Adam Just

Oxford University Press

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

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