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Motor Resonance and Linguistic Focus

Title: Motor Resonance and Linguistic Focus.
Name(s): Taylor, Lawrence J., author
Zwaan, Rolf A., professor directing thesis
Kaschak, Michael P., committee member
Maner, Jon K., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Previous studies have demonstrated that verbal descriptions of actions activate compatible motor responses (Glenberg & Kaschak, 2002; Zwaan & Taylor, 2006). The present study replicates previous findings showing that, within a sentence, such activation is localized on the verb that denotes the action. Moreover, motor resonance is found to yield to linguistic focus. If a post-verbal adverb maintains focus on a matching action ("slowly" or "quickly"), motor resonance occurs, but if the adverb shifts the focus to the agent (e.g., "obediently" or "eagerly") or to other elements of the action, a cessation of motor resonance ensues. These findings are discussed within the context of theories of motor resonance, action understanding, mental simulation, and linguistic focus.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1651 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Psychology in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: March 15, 2007.
Keywords: Verbs, Motor Simulation, Language Comprehension, Adverbs, Embodied Cognition
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Rolf A. Zwaan, Professor Directing Thesis; Michael P. Kaschak, Committee Member; Jon K. Maner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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