Grounded cognition and implementation intentions
2015, Harnack, Klaus
Can haptic feedback influence how we think about an entity and change our creativity? Can the pressure of your handwriting influence the effectiveness of your plans? Can the spatial representation of a number alter reaction times? Can the body posture influence our moral behavior? Can a facial muscle trigger our intentions? The present line of research experimentally addresses these curious questions in order to establish a link between the theory of grounded cognition, a cognitive paradigm which points to the role of the body and body s reference to the environment in creating cognition and implementation intentions, a self-regulating strategy that makes use of simple if-then plans. Five psychological experiments support the assumption that the implications of grounded cognition theory can be used to modify, support, and possibly enhance planning with implementation intentions. In addition, the book presents possible avenues for future research and identifies practical applications of grounded planning.