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Arthur Glenberg

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Professor and Area Head, Cognitive Science
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Biography

 

Professor, Department of Psychology (Cognition, Action, and Perception), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

How do words, objects, and events become meaningful to us? Glenberg and his students are attacking these problems by developing an embodied theory of cognition: Meaning consists of the set of actions one can take in particular situations, and those actions are a function of the physical situation, how one's body works, and one's experiences. Glenberg's recent work has demonstrated a) how actions in a situation are an essential prerequisite for new learning; b) how language comprehension takes advantage of one's knowledge of how actions can be combined; and c) how linguistic structures coordinate with action-based knowledge to result in language comprehension. He has also begun to investigate application embodiment theories to enhance children's reading comprehension. He and his team have developed EMBRACE, an iPad application designed to help dual language learners read for comprehension in English.

Websites

Glenberg Laboratory for Embodied Cognition

Education

A.B. Miami University (the real one), 1970

Ph.D. 1974 University of Michigan

Publications
  • Covas-Smith, C. M., Fine, J., Glenberg, A. M., Keylor, E., Li, Y. J., Marsh, E. R., Osborne, E. A., Soliman, T., Yess, C. Cultural variations on the SIMS model. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2010).
  • Glenberg AM, Lopez-Mobilia G, McBeath M, Toma M, Sato M and Cattaneo L. Knowing beans: Human mirror mechanisms revealed through motor adaptation. Front. Hum. Neurosci (2010).
  • Glenberg, A. M. Embodiment as a unifying perspective for psychology. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science (2010).
  • Killeen, P., & Glenberg, A. M. Resituating cognition. Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews (2010).
  • Marsh ER and Glenberg AM. The embodied statistician. Front. Psychology (2010).
  • Rueschemeyer S, Glenberg AM, Kaschak M, Mueller K and Friederici A. Top-down and bottom-up contributions to understanding sentences describing objects in motion. Front. Psychology (2010).
  • Glenberg, A. M., Sato, M., Cattaneo, L. Use-induced motor plasticity affects the processing of abstract and concrete language. Current Biology (0).
  • Glenberg, A. M., Sato, M., Cattaneo, L., Riggio, L., Palumbo, D., Buccino, G. Processing abstract language modulates motor system activity. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (0).
  • Havas, D. H., Glenberg, A. M., Gutowski, K., Lucarelli, M, & Davdison, R. Cosmetic use of botulinum toxin-A affects processing of emotional language. Psychological Science, (0).
  • Scorolli, C. Borghi, A. M., Glenberg, A. M. Language-induced motor activity in bi-manual object lifting. Experimental Brain Research (0).
  • de Vega, Glenberg, Graesser. Symbols and Embodiment: Debates on Meaning and Cognition. (0).
  • de Vega, M., Glenberg, A. M., & Graesser, A. C. Relecting on the debate. Symbols, Embodiment and Meaning (0).
  • Glenberg. Embodiment for Education. Handbook of Cognitive Science: An Embodied Approach (0).
  • Glenberg. Radical changes in cognitive process due to technology: A jaundiced view. Cognition Distributed: How cognitive technology extends our minds (0).
  • Glenberg. Toward the integration of bodily states, language, and action. Embodied Grounding: Social, Cognitive, Affective, and Neuroscientific Approaches (0).
  • Glenberg, A. M. & Mehta, S. On the limits of learning from covariation: Structure but not meaning. Symbols, Embodiment and Meaning (0).
  • Glenberg, A. M., de Vega, M., & Graesser, A. C. Framing the debate. Symbol, Embodiment, and Meaning (0).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 432Embodied Cognition
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 529Embodied Cognition
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 432Embodied Cognition
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 529Embodied Cognition
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 497Honors Colloquium
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 497Honors Colloquium
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 432Embodied Cognition
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 591Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 498Pro-Seminar
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 591Seminar
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 497Honors Colloquium
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 591Seminar
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PGS 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 497Honors Colloquium
PSY 498Pro-Seminar
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Presentations
  • Soliman, T., Gibson, A., & Glenberg, A. M. Culture affects visual distance estimation. Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO (Nov 2010).
  • Marsh, E. R., & Glenberg, A. M. Head orientation contributes to visual statistical learning. Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, MO (Nov 2010).
  • Glenberg, A. M. Knowing beans: Human mirror mechanisms revealed through motor adaptation. colloquium (Oct 2010).
  • Glenberg, A. M. Knowing beans: Human mirror mechanisms revealed through motor adaptation. colloquium (Oct 2010).
  • Glenberg, A. M. Premotor cortex, action control, and language. ARMADILLO conference (Oct 2010).
  • Wolford, J., Glenberg, A. M., Gibson, B. R., Goldberg A. B., & Xiaojin, Z. Improving reading to improve math. Society for Text & Discourse, Chicago, IL (Jul 2010).
  • Glenberg, A. M. Knowing beans: Human mirror mechanisms revealed through motor adaptation. colloquium (Mar 2010).
  • Glenberg, A. M. Embodiment for education. colloquium (Mar 2010).
  • Havas, D.A. & Glenberg, A. M. Embodied mechanisms of social cognition: Cosmetic use of botulinum toxin affects emotional language processing. Symposium on Feeling, thinking, and the body: Developments in embodied cognition, Society for Person (Jan 2010).
  • Perea, E. F. & Glenberg, A.M. Active Learning in Intro to Stats. Roundtable Presentation at the Annual Teaching Preconference Meeting of the Society of Personality a (Jan 2010).
  • Marsh, E. R., Glenberg, A. M., & Valdez, A. (November, 2009). The embodied statistician. Poster presented at the meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA (Nov 2009).
  • Sato, M., Grabski,K., Brisebois, A., Glenberg, A. M., Basirat, A., M é nard, L., Cattaneo, L. (October, 2009). Use-induced motor plasticity affects speech perception. Poster presented at the Neurobiology of Language conference, Chicago (Oct 2009).
  • Glenberg, A. M. (October, 2009). Embodiment as a unifying approach to psychology. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Oct 2009).
  • Glenberg, A. M. (October, 2009). Premotor cortex, action control, and language. Math & Cognition seminar, ASU (Oct 2009).
  • Glenberg, A. M. (October, 2009). Premotor cortex, action control, and language. CLL seminar, ASU (Oct 2009).
  • Glenberg, A. M. (October, 2009). Symposium on the Future of Cognitive Science, Festival della Scienza, Genoa, Italy. Using your body to understand language. Symposium on the Future of Cognitive Science, Festival della Scienza, Genoa, Italy (Oct 2009).
  • Glenberg, A. M. (October, 2009). . Embodiment as a unifying approach to psychology. University of Genoa, Italy (Oct 2009).
  • Glenberg, A. M. Premotor cortex, action control, and language. Society for Text & Discourse, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Jul 2009).
  • Glenberg, A. M. (May, 2009). Embodiment as a unifying approach to psychology. Invited Symposium on the Architecture of Cognition, Association for Psychological Science, San Franc (May 2009).
  • Glenberg, A. M., Lopez-Mobilia, G., Toma, M., McBeath, M., Sato, M., Cattaneo, L. (March, 2009). . A behavioral method for studying mirror neurons: Repetitive action affects visual perception. Poster presented at the meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San, Francisco (Mar 2009).
  • Glenberg, A. M. Embodiment for Education. Applied Linguistics Prograsm (Feb 2009).
  • Glenberg, A. M. (January, 2009). Embodiment as a unifying approach to psychology. . Embodiment as a unifying approach to psychology. Festschrift for Robert Bjork, Los Angeles (Jan 2009).
  • Sato, M., Brisebois, A., Grabski, K., Basirat, A, Ménard, L, Glenberg, A. M., & Cattaneo, L. Use-induced plasticity and speech perception. Speech and Face to Face Communication Workshop (Oct 2008).
  • Glenberg, A. M. Premotor cortex, action control, and language. University of Chicago invited colloquium (May 2008).
  • Glenberg, A. M. Gender, emotion, and language. University of California, San Diego invited colloquim (May 2008).
  • Glenberg, A. M. Embodiment for Education. AERA (Mar 2008).
  • Richmond, E. K., Glenberg, A., & Levin, J. Learning science from text: The importance of grounding written words. AERA (Mar 2008).
  • Marley, S. C., Szabo, Z. R., Levin, J. R., and Glenberg, A. M. Activity, Observed Activity, and Children’s Recall of Orally Presented Narrative Passages. AERA (Mar 2008).
Service
  • Human Neuroscience Search, Committee Member (2010 - Present)
  • Learning Sciences Institute Senior Scientist Search, Committee Member (2010 - Present)
  • Journal of Educational Psychology, Editorial Board (2010 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, Chair (2010 - Present)
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science, Editorial Board (2010 - Present)
  • Institute of Eduction Sciences, panel member (2009 - Present)
  • Faculty Evaluation Committee, member (2009 - Present)
  • Honors Committee, Committee Member (2008 - Present)
  • Honors Committee, Committee Member (2008 - Present)
  • Honors Committee, Committee Member (2008 - Present)
  • Planning and Advisory Committee, Committee Member (2008 - Present)
  • Planning and Advisory Committee, Committee Member (2008 - Present)
  • Planning and Advisory Committee, Committee Member (2008 - Present)
  • Applied Linguistics Affiliated Faculty, Faculty (2008 - Present)
  • Applied Linguistics Affiliated Faculty, Faculty (2008 - Present)
  • Applied Linguistics Affiliated Faculty, Faculty (2008 - Present)
  • NCIAS Faculty Search Committee, Committee Members (2008 - Present)
  • AME, Affiliated Faculty (2008 - Present)
  • AME, Affiliated Faculty (2008 - Present)
  • AME, Affiliated Faculty (2008 - Present)
  • Journal of Educational Psychology, Editorial Board (2008 - Present)
  • Reviews for multiple journals and agencies (see additional information), reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • Reviews for multiple journals and agencies (see additional information), reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • Reviews for multiple journals and agencies (see additional information), reviewer (2008 - Present)
  • Integration and Transfer of Action and Language Knowledge in Robots, Advisory Board (2007 - Present)
  • Integration and Transfer of Action and Language Knowledge in Robots, Advisory Board (2007 - Present)
  • Integration and Transfer of Action and Language Knowledge in Robots, Advisory Board (2007 - Present)
  • Society for Text & Discourse Awards Committee, member (2007 - Present)
  • Society for Text & Discourse Awards Committee, member (2007 - Present)
  • Society for Text and Discourse/ Awards Committee, Committee Members (2007 - Present)
  • Journal of Cognitive Systems Research, Editorial Board (1998 - Present)
  • Journal of Cognitive Systems Research, Editorial Board (1998 - Present)
  • Journal of Cognitive Systems Research, Editorial Board (1998 - Present)
  • Memory & cognition, Editorial Board (1995 - Present)
  • Memory & cognition, Editorial Board (1995 - Present)
  • Memory & cognition, Editorial Board (1995 - Present)
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Editorial Board (1995 - Present)
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Editorial Board (1995 - Present)
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Editorial Board (1995 - Present)
  • Society for Text and Discourse, Governing Board (2005 - 2008)