Effects of Embodied Cognition on Reading Comprehension Amongst African American Students : A Proposed Study
Lewis, Daria J.
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This paper examines the cognitive science ideal known as embodied cognition which suggests that all aspects of cognition are shaped by aspects of the body. This proposed study aims to investigate the relationship between embodied cognition and reading comprehension. African American and Caucasian, 3rd-5th grade students (N=68) read a story and performed different embodied exercises under the administration of a confederate. The participants were placed into three conditions: (a) the read-reread condition, (b) the read-manipulate condition, or (c) the read-act condition. It was hypothesized that the participants in the read-act session would perform better on the recall and comprehension assessment administered by the experimenter.