Embodied Cognition, Language Development and Video Games

Technological advancements such as fMRI are bringing essential neurological research about how people learn to the existing body of research in the Learning Sciences. The discovery of mirror neurons is fueling the theory of embodied cognition; learning is distributed between the mind and the body therefore, we learn by doing. Can video games that leverage the mechanic of simulation, improve language, communication and social skills? Participants will understand the connection between mirror neurons and relevant research from the field of neurology and the theory of embodied cognition Participants will understand how embodied cognition and embodied learning facilitate language development and its implications for children and adults with language impairments Participants will understand how simulation, such as the simulation that is used in many video games, potentially supports embodied cognition/embodied learning and language acquisition Participants will be able to use strategies with their own children, their classrooms or in work environments that facilitate learning based on the theory of embodied cognition, theories on language acquisition and simulation.

Robin Shobe, Rebecca Shulte