Mental Simulation of Spatial Perspective during Sentence Comprehension


We present an experiment, in which the Action-Sentence Compatibility Effect (ACE, Glenberg & Kaschak, 2002) was reversed when the perspective was changed by using first person pronouns as the agent or patient of the sentence. The results suggest that participants prefer to take the perspective of the first person protagonists – independent of their grammatical and semantic roles and the direction implicated by the action verb. We also discuss how mental simulations may work in sentences with only third person protagonists.

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