SPLTRAK Abstract Submission

Is odor language embodied?

Laura Speed
The University of York, , ,

Embodied approaches to language propose that when comprehending language, the sensorimotor systems are activated. But, olfaction is thought to be weakly connected to language. Is odour language embodied like language related to other sensorimotor domains? We present behavioural evidence suggesting that odour-related words (e.g., cinnamon) do not activate low-level olfactory representations. Instead, one route to processing odour language could be to ground it in other perceptual modalities, such as colour.