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An Embodied Cognition Approach for Understanding Role-playing
Södertörn University, School of Communication, Media and it, Media technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5247-6807
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Role-playing, ISSN 2210-4909, Vol. 3, 18-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article proposes that the theories of grounded cognition and embodiment can be utilized in explaining the role-playing experience. Embodied cognition theories assume that cognition is not only a feature of the brain, but the body as a whole and it’s interaction with the environment  it operates in. Grounded cognition proposes that an action, perceiving an action, and thinking about an action rely on the same processes. Moreover, knowledge is inseparably grounded to bodily states and modalities. Based on the grounded cognition theory and especially embodiment, we argue the character immersion and bleed are natural consequences on how the brain works. Also we illustrate how the operation of  simulators explain some of the central features in the creation of fiction and it’s similarities to our everyday experiences. In general, grounded cognition provides a rather simple explanation how fiction is experienced as in this theoretical framework action and thinking about an action largely utilize the same brain mechanics and so are phenomenally similar.

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2012. Vol. 3, 18-32 p.
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embodied cognition, role-playing
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-17816OAI: diva2:582207
Available from: 2013-01-03 Created: 2013-01-03 Last updated: 2015-07-17Bibliographically approved

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