Saturday, May 14, 2016

Where you are is who you are

See this article on a new study in Frontiers in Psychology. It adds support to Lakoff et al's work on spatial image schemas and how they shape later cognitive developments. But it adds how shaping space in living and working environments limit or expand on those image schemas, which in turn affect the shape and extent of our worldviews.

In terms of education, I'm thinking of those rigid and uncomfortable hard wooden desks we had in elementary school. And how the chairs were organized all to the front, the teacher being the sole authority. Now some school chairs are more ergonomic. And some classrooms are organized more in circular shapes to promote dialogue with the teacher and other students, a different shaping of our worldview.

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