Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC)

We study how people communicate with each other and how computer systems can be taught to communicate with us.


TiCC Colloquium: Art Glenberg

What: Embodied Cognition for Kids
Where: DZ 04
When: Friday, 11 March 2016, 11:00 - 12:00 hours


According to many embodied theories of language, comprehension is a simulation process: We use language to drive neural and bodily systems of action, perception, and emotion into states homologous to those we experience when in the situation described by the language. While reading, we sometimes sense these states as images and emotions. But when children learn to read, particularly in an orthographically opaque language such as English, they must concentrate on simply pronouncing the words, and any embodied simulation may be absent. In this case, reading is a boring exercise in word calling. Moved by Reading is a two-part intervention for teaching children how to simulate while reading. First, children manipulate objects or pictures to externally simulate the content of the sentences they are reading. Second, children are taught to imagine moving the objects as a scaffold to independent reading. Our latest instantiation of the implementation is called EMBRACE (Enhanced Moved By Reading to Accelerate Comprehension in English). This iPad application is designed to help English Language Learners develop comprehension skill when reading in English. I will present data demonstrating the effectiveness of Moved by Reading with monolingual children and the effectiveness of EMBRACE for Latino English Language Learners.

About Art Glenberg

Art Glenberg is Professor in the Department of Psychology (Cognition, Action, and Perception) at Arizona State University; Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, and Investigador Distinguido, Universidad de Salamanca. Art published in the field of text comprehension and memory, but is perhaps best known for his work in embodied cognition (e.g., What memory is for: Creating meaning in the service of action). In over 100 highly influential publications, he argues that meaning consists of the set of actions one can take in particular situations, and those actions are a function of the physical situation, how one's body works, and one's experiences. Recently, he has begun to investigate application embodiment theories to enhance children's reading comprehension and mathematical problem solving.

When: 11 March 2016 11:00

End date: 11 March 2016 12:00