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This is Not a Game: Using Embodied Interaction to Teach Reading Comprehension

CGI Brown Bag with Dr. Art Glenberg, January 30, 2013 in the ASU Memorial Union.

Dr. Arthur Glenberg is a Professor at the Department of Psychology. How do words, objects, and events become meaningful to us? Dr. Glenberg and his students are attacking these problems by developing an embodied theory of cognition. For their research, meaning consists of the set of actions one can take in particular situations, and those actions are a function of the physical situation, how one’s body works, and one’s experiences. Dr. Glenberg’s recent work has demonstrated a) how actions in a situation are an essential prerequisite for new learning; b) how language comprehension takes advantage of one’s knowledge of how actions can be combined; and c) how linguistic structures coordinate with action-based knowledge to result in language comprehension. He has also begun to investigate application embodiment theories to enhance children’s reading comprehension and mathematical problem solving.

Read more about his work in embodied reading comprehension: Glenberg, A. M. (2011). How reading comprehension is embodied and why that matters. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 4, 5-18.