Category Archives: metaphor

Haptic primes

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned the idea of ‘material primes’ as explored in David McRaney’s book ‘You are not so smart’. Chapter 38 of the book, on Embodied Cognition, deals with ‘haptic primes’ which are at least as … Continue reading

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Objects as material primes

A couple of years ago I read a fascinating paper that examined, experimentally, the impact that metaphors embedded in textual information can have on subsequent decision making. The results showed that the metaphors had a direct impact on participants’ decision … Continue reading

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Metaphor and thought

In ‘Kant and the Platypus’ Eco takes a black-box approach to cognition. He explicitly states that he does not know and does not want to know the details of neural functioning. Rather, he decided to try to understand cognition by … Continue reading

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