What sparked my interest was this article in the January/February issue of Scientific American Mind: Body of Thought by Siri Carpenter which includes these tantalizing tidbits: "...a rapidly growing body of research indicates that metaphors joining body and mind reflect a central fact about the way we think: the mind uses the body to make sense of abstract concepts." Carpenter cites some interesting examples, two of which stand out to me:
- Just in the past few years studies have shown that holding a hot cup of coffee or being in a comfortably heated room warms a person's feelings toward strangers ...
- [T]hat sitting on a hard chair turns mild-mannered undergraduates into hard-headed negotiators.
library note: this article is not freely available on the Internet, but it is available to UNC and other institutional subscribers to Scientific American.