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Why is the sunny side always up? Explaining the spatial mapping of concepts by language use

Goodhew, Stephanie Catherine; McGaw, Bethany; Kidd, Evan


Humans appear to rely on spatial mappings to represent and describe concepts. The conceptual cueing effect describes the tendency for participants to orient attention to a spatial location following the presentation of an unrelated cue-word (e.g., orienting attention upwards after reading the word sky). To date, such effects have predominately been explained within the embodied cognition framework, according to which people’s attention is oriented based on prior experience (e.g., sky → up via...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014-02-27
Type: Journal article
Source: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
DOI: 10.3758/s13423-014-0593-6


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