This conversation between Maria Zijlstra and Rolf Zwaan, professor of Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was broadcast on Lingua Franca, Radio National. Professor Zwaan proposes that words and language aren’t just mental ideas; we perceive them in physical ways. “……..people who have undergone a Botox treatment, where they can’t use their facial muscles, have more difficulty understanding sentences about emotions than people who haven’t undergone that treatment. So, that suggests that there is a feedback from the muscles in your face to the brain….”
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