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Mind in Motion

How Action Shapes Thought
Written by: Barbara Tversky
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
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An eminent psychologist offers a major new theory of human cognition: movement, not language, is the foundation of thought

When we try to think about how we think, we can't help but think of words. Indeed, some have called language the stuff of thought. But pictures are remembered far better than words, and describing faces, scenes, and events defies words. Anytime you take a shortcut or play chess or basketball or rearrange your furniture in your mind, you've done something remarkable: abstract thinking without words. 

In Mind in Motion, psychologist Barbara Tversky shows that spatial cognition isn't just a peripheral aspect of thought, but its very foundation, enabling us to draw meaning from our bodies and their actions in the world. Our actions in real space get turned into mental actions on thought, often spouting spontaneously from our bodies as gestures. Spatial thinking underlies creating and using maps, assembling furniture, devising football strategies, designing airports, understanding the flow of people, traffic, water, and ideas. Spatial thinking even underlies the structure and meaning of language: why we say we push ideas forward or tear them apart, why we're feeling up or have grown far apart. 

Like Thinking, Fast and Slow before it, Mind in Motion gives us a new way to think about how - and where - thinking takes place.

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©2019 Barbara Tversky (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Claire Hay
  • 2019-11-08

Physically difficult to listen to

I was so excited for this book, but I couldn’t even make it through the prologue due to the narrator doing an extremely loud and distracting sharp intake of breath before every phrase. I’m giving 3 stars to the story, only because audible requires me to rate the story before I post this review, but I truly couldn’t listen to any of it.

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  • Frank
  • 2019-09-24

Verbose

The ideas contained in this book could be expressed in a 1/10th the space, if not less. Why are writers driven to be so verbose? Also, the author really likes the word gestalt. Typical white tower academic blatherskite.

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