Grounded separation: Can the sensorimotor be grounded in the symbolic?

Michael Gilead, Yaacov Trope*, Nira Liberman

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According to Lee and Schwarz, the sensorimotor experience of cleansing involves separating one physical entity from another and grounds mental separation of one psychological entity from another. We propose that cleansing effects may result from symbolic cognition. Instead of viewing abstract meanings as emerging from concrete physical acts of cleansing, this physical act may be appended with pre-existing, symbolic meaning.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere8
Pages (from-to)27-28
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - 2021


FundersFunder number
US-Israel Bi-National Fund2016090


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