Walking back to the future: The impact of walking backward and forward on spatial and temporal concepts
Contributors: Loeffler, Jonna, Markus Raab, Rouwen Cañal-Bruland
... This is the data and the script for the analysis of a manuscript submitted to be published. Abstract: Embodied cognition frameworks suggest a direct link between sensorimotor experience and cognitive representations of concepts (Shapiro, 2011). We examined whether this holds also true for abstract concepts that cannot be directly perceived with the sensorimotor system (i.e., temporal concepts). To test this, participants learned object – space (Exp. 1) or object – time (Exp. 2) associations. Afterwards, participants were asked to assign the objects to their location in space/time meanwhile they walked backward, forward, or stood on a treadmill. We hypothesized that walking backward should facilitate the on-line processing of ”behind”- and “past”-related stimuli, but hinder the processing of “ahead”- and “future”-related stimuli, and a reversed effect for forward walking. Indeed, “ahead”- and “future”-related stimuli were processed slower during backward walking. During forward walking and in the control condition, all stimuli were processed equally fast. The results provide partial evidence for the activation of specific spatial and temporal concepts by means of whole-body movements and are discussed in the context of movement familiarity.
Contributors: Jennifer Wheeler, Pedro Sapalalo
... As a partner in Global Fund Round 7, PSI Angola is responsible for launching a nation-wide behavior change communication campaign to increase the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets among preg-nant women and children under five. PSI Angola will develop and launch a radio campaign directed at caregivers of children under the age of five. The present qualitative study is proposed to gain a greater understanding of the determinants of LLIN use from the user perspective in order to aid in the creation of focused, relevant and effective messages for the radio campaign.
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