Art Glenberg, PhD
Episode 36 of the Brain Science Podcast is an interview with Arthur Glenberg, PhD, about embodied cognition. Dr. Glenberg recently moved to Arizona State University, after over 30 years at the University of Wisconsin's Laboratory of Embodied Cognition. His research focuses on the relationship between embodiment and language. In this interview, we explore the experimental evidence for a theory of language that embraces the concept that our language abilities are actually rooted in our perceptual and motor abilities. Dr. Glenberg also explains how his work has practical implications in helping children learn how to read.
Since Dr. Glenberg has had a long career as a working research scientist, this interview also provided an opportunity to explore how scientific hypotheses are formed and how experiments are designed to test these hypothesis. I think this interview will give you a fascinating look into the real world of cognitive psychology.
Links and References:
- email: email@example.com.
- Havas, D.A., Glenberg, A.M., and Rink, M. (2007) Emotion simulation during language comprehension. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review14 (3), 436-441
- Thinking With the Body: blog post of March 3, 2008.
Other scientists mentioned in the Episode:
- George Lakoff: pioneering linguist.
- James Gibson: known for his ideas about affordances.
- William Epstein-emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin.
- Joseph Campos: University of California (Berkelely).
- Amy Needham and Amanda Woodard-experiments with velcro mits and infant cognition.
- David A Havas: graduate student and co-author with Dr. Glenberg.
- Mike Kashak: Florida State University.
- Mike Rinck: German co-author-see paper under Glenberg (more papers).
- Vittorio Gallese, Dept of Neuroscience, University of Parma, Italy (where mirror neurons were discovered): extensive experimental with motor neurons in monkeys.
- Fritz Stack (Germany): experiments showing that facial experiments affect mood and cognition.
- Havas, D.A., Glenberg, A.M., and Rink, M. (2007) Emotion simulation during language comprehension. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review14 (3), 436-441.
- Sommerville, J.A., Woodard, A.L., and Needham, A., Action experience alters 3-month-old infants’ perception of others’ actions, Cognition 96 (2005) B1-B11..
- Strack, F., Martin, L. L., & Stepper, S. (1988). Inhibiting and facilitating conditions of the human smile: A nonobtrusive test of the facial feedback hypothesis. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 54, 768-777.
- Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things (1987), by George Lakoff.
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