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Embodied cognition in first and second language


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Veronique BOULENGER , Arthur BRETON , Alice Catherine ROY

Scientific framework and objectives

Theories of embodied cognition suggest that language processing relies on the sensorimotor system. Understanding action verbs or perceiving phonemes that require strong articulatory movements to be produced activate the premotor cortex.
Our research aims at further investigating this issue by examining the involvement of brain sensorimotor regions 1) during processing of verbs that denote tactile sensation (e.g. to touch) and 2) during phonological and semantic (action and tactile verbs) processing in a second language. Language-related sensorimotor activity is thought to result from learning mechanisms, and we therefore seek to evaluate whether and how this activity is modulated by the second language, depending on the nature of learning (static vs dynamic).


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  • Contrats doctoraux Labex ASLAN

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