Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Embodied cognition in the popular press

This is by now quite stale, but the Boston Globe recently published a pretty good article on embodied cognition. The article covers the idea itself, its history, its possible practical applications and some criticisms. My view on the matter (by no means original, of course) even gets echoed:
"I think these findings are really fantastic and it's clear that there's a lot of connection between mind and body," says Arthur Markman, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas. He remains skeptical, though, that the roots of higher cognition will be found in something as basic as the way we walk or move our eyes or arms.

"Any time there's a fad in science there's a tendency to say, 'It's all because of this,"' Markman says. "But the thing in psychology is that it's not all anything, otherwise we'd be done figuring it out already."

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