Both symbolic and embodied representations contribute to spatial language processing: Evidence from younger and older adults

Markostamou, Ioanna, Coventry, Kenny, Fox, Chris and McInnes, Lynn (2015) Both symbolic and embodied representations contribute to spatial language processing: Evidence from younger and older adults. In: COGSCI 2015: The Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 2015-07-23 - 2015-07-25.

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Abstract

Building on earlier neuropsychological work, we adopted a novel individual differences approach to examine the relationship between spatial language and a wide range of both verbal and nonverbal abilities. Three new measures were developed for the assessment of spatial language processing: spatial naming, spatial verbal memory, and verbal comprehension in spatial perspective taking. Results from a sample of young adults revealed significant correlations between performance on the spatial language tasks and performance on both the analogous (non-spatial) verbal measures as well as on the (non-verbal) visual-spatial measures. Visual-spatial abilities, however, were more predictive of spatial language processing than verbal abilities. Furthermore, results from a sample of older adults revealed impairments in visual-spatial tasks and on spatial verbal memory. The results support dual process accounts of meaning, and provide further evidence of the close connection between the language of space and non-linguistic visual-spatial cognition.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 16:01
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 03:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59204
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