Monthly Archives: November 2013

What are the units that perception measures the world in? Firestone vs Proffitt

Perspectives in Psychological Science recently hosted a point-counterpoint between Chaz Firestone and Dennis Proffitt about whether Proffitt’s theory of action-scaled perception could possibly be true. Proffitt is inspired by Gibson’s ecological approach, and has run numerous studies showing that how … Continue reading

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Sentence comprehension affects the dynamics of bimanual co-ordination: Implications for embodied cognition

My group discussed a paper by Olmstead et al (2009) in lab meeting. This paper uses coordinated rhythmic movement as a useful movement task to probe the embodiment of language comprehension. My PhD students, Liam and Agnes¬†wrote up a HIBAR … Continue reading

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Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller

Many researchers investigate embodied cognition by looking for effects of body posture on mental activities, such as estimating the size of things. In this post, I critique a high profile example of this literature that has many of what I … Continue reading

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Moving Through Time

One way to study embodied cognition is to manipulate the body and look for effects on mental activity; I reviewed an example here. Another common way to investigate whether cognition is embodied is to manipulate the mental activity people are … Continue reading

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