Mind in Motion

How Action Shapes Thought
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: BN15186
Released: Sep 03, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781978683181
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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An eminent psychologist offers a major new theory of human cognition: movement, not language, is the foundation of thought When we try to think about how we think, we can't help but think of words. Indeed, some have called language the stuff of thought. But pictures are remembered far better than words, and describing faces, scenes, and events defies words. Anytime you take a shortcut or play chess or basketball or rearrange your furniture in your mind, you've done something remarkable: abstract thinking without words. In Mind in Motion, psychologist Barbara Tversky shows that spatial cognition isn't just a peripheral aspect of thought, but its very foundation, enabling us to draw meaning from our bodies and their actions in the world. Our actions in real space get turned into mental actions on thought, often spouting spontaneously from our bodies as gestures. Spatial thinking underlies creating and using maps, assembling furniture, devising football strategies, designing airports, understanding the flow of people, traffic, water, and ideas. Spatial thinking even underlies the structure and meaning of language: why we say we push ideas forward or tear them apart, why we're feeling up or have grown far apart. Like Thinking, Fast and Slow before it, Mind in Motion gives us a new way to think about how--and where--thinking takes place.

Author(s): Barbara Tversky

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Author(s): Barbara Tversky
Product Number EB00737481
Released: May 21, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: #9781541617483

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