publication . Preprint . 2007

Body-specific representations of action word meanings in right and left handers

Daniel Casasanto;
Open Access
  • Published: 15 Nov 2007
If understanding action words involves mentally simulating our own actions, then the neurocognitive representation of word meanings must differ for people with different kinds of bodies, who perform actions in systematically different ways. In a test of the _Body-Specificity Hypothesis_, right- and left-handers were compared on two motor-meaning congruity tasks. Double dissociations in both action execution and recognition memory results showed that right and left handers form body-specific representations of words for manual actions.
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