Welcome to the Laboratory for Embodied Cognition
Ago Ergo Cogito - "I act, therefore I think"
How do words, objects, and events become meaningful to us? We are
attacking these problems by developing an embodied theory of cognition:
Meaning consists of the set of actions we can take in particular
situations, and those actions are a function of the physical situation,
how our bodies work, and our experiences. Recent work has demonstrated
a) how actions in a situation are an essential prerequisite for new
learning; b) how language comprehension takes advantage of our
knowledge of how actions can be combined; and c) how linguistic
structures coordinate with action-based knowledge to result in language
comprehension. We have also begun to investigate the application of
embodiment theories to enhance children's reading comprehension and
mathematical problem solving.
Dr. Arthur Glenberg, Principal Investigator
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Internal Laboratory Documents
Sally Miles, Ph.D.
David A. Havas
Former Students of the lab
Dr. Michael Kaschak, Florida State University
Dr. David Robertson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. William Langston, Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Margaret M. Bradley, University of Florida
Dr. Steven M. Smith, Texas A&M University
Other Department News
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L.E.C. member Emily Mouilso awarded Gilchrist Award for undergraduate research, 2006.
L.E.C. member Sarita Mehta awarded Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2005.
The Garachico Workshop
Symbols, Embodiment, and Meaning: A Debate
December 16-18, 2005
Megan Brown receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention for 2005
L.E.C. member Michal Richall awarded Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship for 2005-2006
L.E.C. member Bryan Webster receives Rosevar Undergraduate Research Award for 2005-2006
Glenberg invited speaker at Summer school in Neural network models of perception, action and embodied knowledge, Bologne, Italy
Art Glenberg invited address at 9th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop, University of Plymouth, England
David Havas awarded Outstanding Student Paper award by Society for Text and Discourse for 2004
Beth Jaworski awarded Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship for 2004-2005
U. of Wisconsin Research News Article