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de la Fuente, J., Casasanto, D., Martínez-Cascales, J. I., & Santiago, J. (2016). Motor imagery shapes abstract concepts. Cognitive Science. doi:10.1111/cogs.12406

Casasanto, D. (2016). A shared mechanism of linguistic, cultural, and bodily relativity. Language Learning, 66(3), 714-730.

Casasanto, D. (2016). Linguistic relativity. In N. Riemer (Ed.), Routledge handbook of semantics (pp. 158-174). New York: Routledge.

Casasanto, D. (2016). Temporal language and temporal thinking may not go hand in hand. In B. Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (Ed.), Conceptualizations of time (pp. 169-186). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Casasanto, D., & Lupyan, G. (2015). All concepts are ad hoc concepts. In E. Margolis & S. Laurence (Eds.), The conceptual mind: New directions in the study of concepts (pp. 543-566). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Casasanto, D., Brookshire, G., & Ivry, R. B. (2015). Meaning is not a reflex: Context-dependence of spatial congruity effects. Cognitive Science, 39(8), 1979-1986.

Kim, N., Krosnick, J., & Casasanto, D. (2015). Moderators of candidate name-order effects in elections: An experiment. Political Psychology, 36(5), 525-542.

Dolscheid, S., & Casasanto, D. (2015). Spatial congruity effects reveal metaphorical thinking, not polarity correspondence. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(1836), 1-11. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01836

Kunert, R., Willems, R. M., Casasanto, D., Patel, A. D., & Hagoort, P. (2015). Music and language syntax interact in Broca’s area: An fMRI study. PLoS ONE, 10(11): e0141069. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141069

Gray, S. J., Brookshire, G., Casasanto, D., & Gallo, D. A. (2015). Electrically stimulating prefrontal cortex at retrieval improves recollection accuracy. Cortex, 73, 188-194.

Bottini, R., Crepaldi, D., Casasanto, D., Crollen, V., & Collignon, O. (2015). Space and time in the sighted and blind. Cognition, 141, 67-72.

Read about this study in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

Casasanto, D., & Gijssels, T. (2015). What makes a metaphor an embodied metaphor? Linguistics Vanguard, 1(1), 327-337.

Gijssels, T., Staum Casasanto, L., Jasmin, K., Hagoort, P, & Casasanto, D. (2015). Speech accommodation without priming: The case of pitch. Discourse Processes. doi:10.1080/0163853X.2015.1023965

de la Fuente, J., Casasanto, D., & Santiago, J. (2015). Observed actions affect body-specific associations between space and valence. Acta Psychologica, 156, 32-36.

de la Fuente, J., Casasanto, D., Román, A., & Santiago, J. (2015). Can culture influence body-specific associations between space and valence? Cognitive Science, 39, 821-832.

Casasanto, D., & Bottini, R. (2014). Mirror-reading can reverse the flow of time. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(2), 473-9.

de la Fuente, J., Santiago, J., Román, A., Dumitrache, C., & Casasanto, D. (2014). When you think about it, the past is in front of you: How culture shapes spatial conceptions of time. Psychological Science, 25(9), 1682-1690.

Casasanto, D., Jasmin, K., Brookshire, G., & Gijssels, T. (2014). The QWERTY effect: How typing shapes word meanings and baby names. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 296-301). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Read about this study in TIME or Die Welt.

Read our reply to Mark Liberman's Language Log post about QWERTY Baby Names here.

Lupyan, G., & Casasanto, D. (2014). Meaningless words promote meaningful categorization. Language and Cognition, 7(02), 167-193.

Lucero, C., Zaharchuk, H., & Casasanto, D. (2014). Beat gestures facilitate speech production. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 898-903). Austin, TX.

Casasanto, D. (2014). Bodily relativity. In L. Shapiro (Ed.), Routledge handbook of embodied cognition (pp. 108-117). New York: Routledge.

This chapter summarizes some of the first tests of the body-specificity hypothesis. Read about these studies in Scientific American, or hear about them on Futureproof Science Radio.

Pitt, B., & Casasanto, D. (2014). Experiential origins of the mental number line. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1174-1179). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Casasanto, D. (2014). Experiential origins of mental metaphors: Language, culture, and the body. In M. Landau, M.D. Robinson, & B. Meier (Eds.), The power of metaphor: Examining its influence on social life (pp. 249-268). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Yap, D., Staum Casasanto, L., & Casasanto, D. (2014). Metaphoric iconicity in signed and spoken languages. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1808-1813.) Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Casasanto, D., & Bottini, R. (2014). Spatial language and abstract concepts. WIREs Cognitive Science, 5(2), 139–149. doi:10.1002/wcs.1271

Dolscheid, S., Hunnius, S., Casasanto, D., & Majid, A. (2014). Prelinguistic infants are sensitive to space-pitch associations found across cultures. Psychological Science, 25(6), 1256-1261.

Dolscheid, S., Willems, R.M., Hagoort, P., & Casasanto, D. (2014). The relation of space and musical pitch in the brain. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Casasanto, D. (2013). Development of metaphorical thinking: The role of language. In M. Borkent, B. Dancygier, & J. Hinnell (Eds.), Language and the Creative Mind (pp. 3-18). Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.

Casasanto, D., & Stocker, K. (2013). A spatial path to mental time travel in humans. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Retrieved from http://www.cell.com/trends/cognitive-sciences/comments/S1364-6613(12)00245-8

Brookshire, G., Graver, C., & Casasanto, D. (2013). Motor asymmetries predict neural organization of emotion. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 245-250). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Bottini, R., & Casasanto, D. (2013). Space and time in the child's mind: Metaphoric or ATOMic? Frontiers in Psychology, 4(803), 1-9. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00803

Casasanto, D. (2013). Gesture and language processing. In H. Pashler, T. Crane, M. Kinsbourne, F. Ferreira, & R. Zemel (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the mind (pp. 372-374). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Dolscheid, S., Shayan, S., Majid, A., & Casasanto, D. (2013). The thickness of musical pitch: Psychophysical evidence for linguistic relativity. Psychological Science, 24(5), 613–621.

Gijssels, T., Rueschemeyer, S.-A., Bottini, R., & Casasanto, D. (2013). Space and time in the parietal cortex: fMRI evidence for a neural asymmetry. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 495 - 500). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Kominsky, J., & Casasanto, D. (2013). Specific to whose body? Perspective taking and the spatial mapping of valence. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(266), 1-10. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00266

Casasanto, D. (2012). Whorfian hypothesis. In J. L. Jackson, Jr. (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies online: Anthropology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lai, V.T., Hagoort, P., & Casasanto, D. (2012). Affective primacy vs. cognitive primacy: Dissolving the debate. Frontiers in Psychology, 3(243), 1-8. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00243

Brookshire, G., & Casasanto, D. (2012). Motivation and motor control: Hemispheric specialization for approach motivation reverses with handedness. PLoS ONE, 7(4): e36036. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036036

Jasmin, K., & Casasanto, D. (2012). The QWERTY effect: How typing shapes the meanings of words. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 19(3), 499-504.

Read about this study in The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Wired, New Scientist, Men's Health, MSNBC, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, or The Economist.

Read our reply to Mark Liberman's Language Log post about the QWERTY effect here.

Casasanto, D., & Henetz, T. (2012). Handedness shapes children's abstract concepts. Cognitive Science, 36, 359–372.

Read about this study in Science News.

Casasanto, D., & Jasmin, K. (2012). The hands of time: Temporal gestures in English speakers. Cognitive Linguistics, 23(4), 643–674.

van Ackeren, M., Casasanto, D., Bekkering, H., Hagoort, P., & Rueschemeyer, S.A. (2012). Pragmatics in action: Indirect requests engage theory of mind areas and the cortical motor network. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 4(11), 2237-2247.

Casasanto, D. (2011). Different bodies, different minds: The body-specificity of language and thought. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20(6), 378–383.

Casasanto, D., & Chrysikou, E.G. (2011). When left is "right": Motor fluency shapes abstract concepts. Psychological Science, 22(4), 419-422.

Read about this study in The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Science Daily, Gerhirn und Geist, Men's Health, or New Scientist.

Willems, R.M., Labruna, L., D’Esposito, M., Ivry, R., & Casasanto, D. (2011). A functional role for the motor system in language understanding: Evidence from theta-burst transcranial magnetic stimulation. Psychological Science, 22(7), 849–854.

Willems, R.M., & Casasanto, D. (2011). Flexibility in embodied language understanding. Frontiers in Psychology, 2(116), 1-11. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00116

Casasanto, D., Fotakopoulou, O., & Boroditsky, L. (2010). Space and time in the child's mind: Evidence for a cross-dimensional asymmetry. Cognitive Science, 34, 387-405.

Read about this study in US News and World Report, or Science News.

Merritt, D. J., Casasanto, D., & Brannon, E. M. (2010). Do monkeys think in metaphors? Representations of space and time in monkeys and humans. Cognition, 117, 191-202.

Bottini, R., & Casasanto, D. (2010). Implicit spatial length modulates time estimates, but not vice versa. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1348-1353). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Bottini, R., & Casasanto, D. (2010). Implicit spatial length modulates time estimates, but not vice versa. In C. Hölscher, T. F. Shipley, M. Olivetti Belardinelli, J. A. Bateman, & N. S. Newcombe (Eds.), Spatial cognition VII (pp. 152-162). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer.

Brookshire, G., Ivry, R., & Casasanto, D. (2010). Modulation of motor-meaning congruity effects for valenced words. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1940-1945). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Casasanto, D. (2010). Space for thinking. In V. Evans & P. Chilton (Eds.), Language, cognition, and space: State of the art and new directions (pp. 453-478). London: Equinox Publishing.

Casasanto, D. (2010). Wie der körper sprache und vorstellungsvermögen im gehirn formt. In Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Jahrbuch [Max Planck Society Yearbook]. München: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

Casasanto, D., & Dijkstra, K. (2010). Motor action and emotional memory. Cognition, 115(1), 179-185.

Read about this study in Wired, New Scientist, or Science Daily.

Casasanto, D., & Jasmin, K. (2010). Good and bad in the hands of politicians: Spontaneous gestures during positive and negative speech. PLoS ONE, 5(7): e11805. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0011805

Read about this study in US News and World Report, MSNBC, Science Daily, USA TODAY, or The Boston Globe.

Staum Casasanto, L., Jasmin, K., & Casasanto, D. (2010). Virtually accommodating: Speech rate accommodation to a virtual interlocutor. In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 127-132). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Willems, R. M., Hagoort, P., & Casasanto, D. (2010). Body-specific representations of action verbs: Neural evidence from right- and left-handers. Psychological Science, 21(1), 67-74.

Willems, R.M., Toni, I., Hagoort, P., & Casasanto, D. (2010). Neural dissociations between action verb understanding and motor imagery. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(10), 2387-2400.

Casasanto, D. (2009). Review of music, language, and the brain. Language and Cognition, 1(1), 143-146.

Casasanto, D. (2009). When is a linguistic metaphor a conceptual metaphor? In V. Evans & S. Pourcel (Eds.), New Directions in Cognitive Linguistics (pp. 127-145). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Henetz, T., & Casasanto, D. (2009). Emergence of spatial metaphor in children. In N. A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 2060). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Willems, R. M., Toni, I., Hagoort, P., & Casasanto, D. (2009). Body-specific motor imagery of hand actions: Neural evidence from right-and left-handers. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 3(39), 1-9. doi:10.3389/neuro.09.039.2009

Casasanto, D. (2009). Embodiment of abstract concepts: Good and bad in right- and left-handers. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 138(3), 351-367.

Read about this study in Newsweek, Science News, New Scientist, The APA Monitor, or The Boston Globe.

Fedorenko, E., Patel, A., Casasanto, D., Winawer, J., & Gibson, T. (2009). Structural integration in language and music: Evidence for a shared system. Memory & Cognition, 37(1), 1-9.

Casasanto, D., & Boroditsky, L. (2008). Time in the mind: Using space to think about time. Cognition, 106, 579-593.

Casasanto, D. (2008). Conceptual affiliates of metaphorical gestures. Paper presented at the International Conference on Language, Communication, & Cognition, Brighton, UK.

Casasanto, D. (2008). Similarity and proximity: When does close in space mean close in mind? Memory & Cognition, 36(6), 1047-1056.

Casasanto, D. (2005). Crying "Whorf". Science, 307, 1721-1722.

Casasanto, D. (2005). Perceptual foundations of abstract thought. (Doctoral dissertation). Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, MA.

Killgore, W., Glahn, D., & Casasanto, D. (2005). Development and validation of the design organization test (DOT): A rapid screening instrument for assessing visuospatial ability. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 27, 449-459.

Rabin, M., Narayan, V., Kimberg, D., Casasanto, D., Glosser, G., Tracy, J., French, J., Sperling, M., & Detre, J. (2004). Functional MRI predicts postsurgical memory following temporal lobectomy. Brain, 127, 2286–2298.

Casasanto, D., Boroditsky, L., Phillips, W., Greene, J., Goswami, S., Bocanegra-Thiel, et al. (2004). How deep are effects of language on thought? Time estimation in speakers of English, Indonesian, Greek, and Spanish. In K. Forbus, D. Gentner, & T. Regier (Eds.), Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference Cognitive Science Society (pp. 575–580). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Casasanto, D., & Boroditsky, L. (2003). Do we think about time in terms of space? In R. Alterman & D. Kirsh (Eds.), Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference Cognitive Science Society (pp. 216-221). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Kounios, J., Bachman, P., Casasanto, D., Grossman, M., Smith, R., & Yang, W. (2003). Novel concepts mediate retrieval from human episodic associative memory: Evidence from event-related potentials. Neuroscience Letters, 345, 157-160.

Casasanto, D., Killgore, W., Glosser, G., Maldjian, J., Alsop, D., Cooke, A., Grossman, M., & Detre, J. (2002). Neural correlates of successful and unsuccessful verbal encoding. Brain & Language, 80, 287-295.

Casasanto, D., Killgore, W., Glosser, G., Maldjian, J., & Detre, J. (2000). Hemispheric specialization during episodic memory encoding in the human hippocampus and MTL. In L. R. Gleitman & A. K. Joshi (Eds.) Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 99-104). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Killgore, W., Casasanto, D., Maldjian, J., & Detre, J. (2000). Associative memory for faces activates the left amygdala and hippocampus. NeuroReport, 11, 2259-2263.

Killgore, W., Glosser, G., Casasanto, D., French, J., Alsop, D., & Detre, J. (1999). Functional MRI and the Wada test provide complementary information for predicting postoperative seizure control. Seizure, 8(8), 450-455.

Killgore, W., DellaPietra, L., & Casasanto, D. (1999). Hemispheric laterality and self-rated personality traits. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 89, 994-996.