2. Thoughts, Sensations, Actions: Can you understand the words of a poem, experience the sensations evoked, and feel the movement in the action verbs in the story? Write a poem that includes your thoughts, sensation words, and action verbs.
"A growing body of evidence in cognitive science and neuroscience points towards the existence of a deep interconnection between cognition, perception and action. According to this embodied perspective language is grounded in the sensorimotor system and language understanding is based on a mental simulation process. This means that during action words and sentence comprehension the same perception, action, and emotion mechanisms implied during interaction with objects are recruited. Among the neural underpinnings of this simulation process an important role is played by a sensorimotor matching system known as the mirror neuron system. "The first is that the processing of action-related sentences causes the resonance of motor and mirror neurons encoding the corresponding actions. The second is that there exists a varying degree of crosstalk between neuronal populations depending on whether they encode the same motor act, the same effector or the same action-goal. The third is the fact that neuronal populations' internal dynamics, which results from the combination of multiple processes taking place at different time scales, can facilitate or interfere with successive activations of the same or of partially overlapping pools." — Chersi, F., S. Thill, et al. (2010). "Sentence processing: linking language to motor chains." Front Neurorobot 4."
Kimberly Burnham, PhD, Editor
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