Sunday, February 21, 2010

Embodied Cognition

Here's a post over on Boing Boing talking about how people who've botoxed their frowns away process emotions differently. This quote from the end of the post is a nice encapsulation of the idea of embodied cognition, which my intuition tells me has to be in some way connected to gesture in music making.

In theoretical terms, the finding supports a psychological hypothesis called "embodied cognition," says Glenberg, now a professor of psychology at Arizona State University. "The idea of embodied cognition is that all our cognitive processes, even those that have been thought of as very abstract, are actually rooted in basic bodily processes of perception, action and emotion."

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