Cognitive Science Reading & Discussion Group Message Board › Motor action and emotional memory
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I believe the enclosed seven-page article from "Cognition" bears a tangential link to our exploration of embodied cognition (how the body shapes mental activity). This research provides evidence of a causal link between motion and emotion, by showing that bodily movements influence the recollection of emotional memories, as well as the speed with which they are recalled.
Some of the questions which I think are worth exploring include:
How our are thoughts influenced by the shape and form of the body?
Do people who use their bodies in different ways think differently? (I argue "yes.")
Does thinking involve creating mental simulations of bodily experiences? (I think the answer is "yes.")
The principal researchers are Daniel Casasanto from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Katinka Dijkstra from Erasmus University in The Netherlands.