Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Glenberg: What memory is for

Problematic aspects of embodied memory

Aaron S. Benjamin a1 and Robert A. Bjork a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563


Glenberg's theory is rich and provocative, in our view, but we find fault with the premise that all memory representations are embodied. We cite instances in which that premise mispredicts empirical results or underestimates human capabilities, and we suggest that the motivation for the embodiment idea – to avoid the symbol-grounding problem – should not, ultimately, constrain psychological theorizing.