Does Your Mind Push? Mental Simulation of Context-Independent Monosyllabic Verbs in Chinese


  •  Yingxia Li    
  •  Lin Wu    

Abstract

This paper investigates the semantic simulation of the monosyllabic verbs in Chinese. It tries to find out whether the sensorimotor circuitry is involved in the processing of the verb meanings, in particular, the monosyllabic verbs independent of the context. E-prime 2.0 is used in the experiment to record the RT (reaction time) of the subjects when they process the verbs with a colored bar as the background of each verb. The orientations of the bars either match with the direction indicated in the verb meanings or not. The results show that even without specific context, the processing of the verb meanings still require automatic activation of the sensorimotor system.



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