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The spatial mapping of concepts in English and Mandarin

Wu, Qiong; Kidd, Evan; Goodhew, Stephanie Catherine


English speakers have been shown to map abstract concepts in space, which occurs on both the vertical and horizontal dimensions. For example, words such as God are associated with up and right spatial locations, and words such as Satan with down and left. If the tendency to map concepts in space is a universal property of human cognition, then it is likely that such mappings may be at least partly culturally-specific, since many concepts are themselves language-specific and therefore cultural...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-09-06
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Cognitive Psychology
DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2019.1663354
Access Rights: Open Access


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