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Abstract Title: Influence of Sensorimotor Experience on Understanding Center of Gravity
Abstract: We investigated the effect of sensorimotor (or embodied) experience on people's understanding of the concept of center of gravity. Research on the topic of embodied cognition suggests that when sensorimotor brain areas are involved in thinking and reasoning, our conceptual understanding of action-related tasks can improve. To create an or embodied experience, we have developed a set of balancing activities using a meter stick and a set of disks. Participants in the embodied group balanced different systems of objects directly on their hands. Participants in the hands-on group used a fulcrum to balance the systems of objects but did not directly experience the feeling of balancing a system of objects. We discuss the effect of training on post-test accuracy on several specific center of gravity problem examples.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Elise Agra
University of Chicago
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jason Sattizahn, University of Chicago
Megan Mikota, DePaul University
Sian L. Beilock, University of Chicago
Susan M. Fischer, DePaul University