Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Glenberg: What memory is for

Where is the body in the mental model for a story?

Arthur C. Graesser a1
a1 Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152


Researchers in the field of discourse processing have investigated how mental models are constructed when adults comprehend stories. They have explored the process of encoding various classes of inferences “on-line” when these mental microworlds are constructed during comprehension. This commentary addresses the extent to which these inferences and mental microworlds are “embodied.”