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 [email protected]


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.”