This dissertation studies how language comprehension works by examining the changes in the activation of mental simulations that occur naturally during reading. Five studies were conducted which dive deeper into the underlying mechanisms of these mental simulations and provide evidence for the grounded theories of cognition.

mental simulation, grounded cognition, language comprehension, embodied cognition
R.A. Zwaan (Rolf) , K. Dijkstra (Katinka)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
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Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies

Hoeben Mannaert, L.N. (2020, March 13). Language Comprehension: Examining the Dynamic Changes in Activation of Mental Simulations. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from