Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Glenberg: What memory is for

Embodiment in language-based memory: Some qualifications

Manuel de Vega a1
a1 Departamento de Psicología Cognitiva Facultad de Psicología, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 S/C de Tenerife, Spain


(1) Non-projectable properties as opposed to the clamping of projectable properties play a primary role in triggering and guiding human action. (2) Embodiment in language-mediated memories should be qualified: (a) Language imposes a radical discretization on body constraints (second-order embodiment). (b) Metaphors rely on second-order embodiment. (c) Language users sometimes suspend embodiment.