The Link between Action and Language: Recent Findings and Future Perspectives

  • Claudia Repetto Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
  • Barbara Colombo Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
  • Giuseppe Riva Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
Keywords: embodied language, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), virtual reality (VR)

Abstract

This paper aims to present a critical review of studies focused on embodied cognition and, more specifically, on the relationship between language and action. A critical analysis of studies using methods such as TMS and fMRI will be presented, and results reported by the different studies will be discussed, both theoretically and methodologically. Then, in response to some inconsistency detected by the analysis of literature, Virtual Reality will be presented as a possible answer or enrichment for the study of this topic. Possible future research tracks and application are discussed.

Author Biographies

Claudia Repetto, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
Dep. of Psychology, PhD Student
Barbara Colombo, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
Researcher
Giuseppe Riva, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
Associate Professor
Published
2012-11-28
Section
Articles