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    STUDIA PHILOSOPHIA - Issue no. 2 / 2019  
         
  Article:   EMBODIED LEARNING OF LANGUAGE IN PRESCHOOLERS: EMOTION, ENACTMENT, AND COGNITION.

Authors:  ALEXANDRA MARIAN, DORIS ROGOBETE, ROXANA VESCAN, ADRIANA ILIE, THEA IONESCU.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  Language learning in preschool children tends to be likened to school-like learning, using verbal explanations more than actions when new words are learned during storytelling. Based on previous results that showed that sensorimotor elements help language learning at this age this study aimed to investigate whether positive emotions also act like essential elements for language learning. Fifty-five 4 to 5 year olds listened to a modified version of the Town Musicians of Bremen story. There were four conditions: one that included emotions and sensorimotor elements during storytelling, one that had only emotions, one that had only sensorimotor elements, and one that had neither emotions nor sensorimotor elements. Results show no advantage of positive emotions by themselves, and a clear advantage of sensorimotor elements. Implications are discussed with regard to inducing emotions versus naturally arising emotional states, and also to the embodied learning perspective.

Keywords: language learning, embodied cognition, sensorimotor, emotions
 
         
     
         
         
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