The embodied bases of supernatural concepts

Brian R. Cornwell, Aron K. Barbey, W. Kyle Simmons

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According to embodied cognition theory, our physical embodiment influences how we conceptualize entities, whether natural or supernatural. In serving central explanatory roles, supernatural entities (e.g., God) are represented implicitly as having unordinary properties that nevertheless do not violate our sensorimotor interactions with the physical world. We conjecture that other supernatural entities are similarly represented in explanatory contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-736
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


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