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Rebecca_Palmer

My general interest within Cognitive Science is evolution as a conservative process, and hence how embodiment and situatedness simplify seemingly complex actions, particularly with reference to mirror neurons. My current focus is language comprehension - consistently painted as a process of extreme complexity, but with much evidence pointing towards the development of advanced communication coinciding with major physical steps in our evolution, and following the principle of conservative evolution, it seems necessary that language has a strong link to embodiment. Glenberg & Gallese (2011) are presenting evidence that embodiment does in fact effect language comprehension, but to what extent, and what this may mean for consciousness in general are two big questions which interest me greatly and which I would love to work towards in research.

Discussion Topic: How does embodiment effect language comprehension, and anthropologically,how did this evolve?

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