Language comprehension requires a simulation process that taps perception and action systems. How speciWc is this simulation? To address this question, participants listened to sentences referring to the lifting of light or heavy objects (e.g., pillow or chest, respectively). Then they lifted one of two boxes that were visually identical, but one was light and the other heavy. We focused on the kinematics of the initial lift (rather than reaching) because it is mostly shaped by proprioceptive features derived from weight that cannot be visually determined. Participants were slower when the weight suggested by the sentence and the weight of the box corresponded. This eVect indicates that language can activate a simulation which is sensitive to intrinsic properties such as weight.

Scorolli C., Borghi A.M., Glenberg A.M. (2009). Language-induced motor activity in bimanual object lifting. EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 193, 43-53 [10.1007/s00221-008-1593-4].

Language-induced motor activity in bimanual object lifting.

SCOROLLI, CLAUDIA;BORGHI, ANNA MARIA;
2009

Abstract

Language comprehension requires a simulation process that taps perception and action systems. How speciWc is this simulation? To address this question, participants listened to sentences referring to the lifting of light or heavy objects (e.g., pillow or chest, respectively). Then they lifted one of two boxes that were visually identical, but one was light and the other heavy. We focused on the kinematics of the initial lift (rather than reaching) because it is mostly shaped by proprioceptive features derived from weight that cannot be visually determined. Participants were slower when the weight suggested by the sentence and the weight of the box corresponded. This eVect indicates that language can activate a simulation which is sensitive to intrinsic properties such as weight.
2009
Scorolli C., Borghi A.M., Glenberg A.M. (2009). Language-induced motor activity in bimanual object lifting. EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 193, 43-53 [10.1007/s00221-008-1593-4].
Scorolli C.; Borghi A.M.; Glenberg A.M.
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