Conference Paper Mental simulation during comprehension of English and Japanese action sentences in English learners

粟津, 俊二  ,  awazu, shunji  ,  鈴木, 明夫  ,  Suzuki, Akio  ,  赤間, 啓之  ,  akama, hiroyuki

From the embodied cognition view, action sentences are thought to be comprehended by mental simulations in the sensorimotor system. Previous studies have suggestedthat sensory-motor representation is activated during the comprehension of words or sentences Although many studies have supported this view, mental simulation duringforeign language comprehension is still not well understood. We conducted behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments to compare the mentalsimulation during comprehension of Japanese and English action sentences in Japanese students. Does comprehension of action-sentences in foreign language also activate motor simulations? Dose the motor simulation occurred in foreign language comprehension differ from that in native language?

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