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Abstract Title: Effortful and Effortless Conceptual Blending
Abstract: Conceptual Blending (Fauconnier and Turner) is a cognitive theory in which thinkers generate new ideas by blending together old ideas, oftentimes successively.  In one perspective, blending is ubiquitous, rapid, and requires no visible effort on the part of the thinker (Turner).  In another perspective, to create and run a blend requires careful coordination of myriad resources and an attendant amount of effort on the part of the thinker (Podolefsky and Finkelstein). In this poster, we present analyses of blending from both the effortful and effortless perspectives on the same piece of data -- a student making sense of harmonic motion on a rotating platform -- and claims about why some blending is hard and other blending is easy.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Eleanor C Sayre
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Hunter G Close, Texas State University
The Conceptual Blending Group