Prof. Harold Bekkering
NICI, University of Nijmegen
Clearly, we have thoughts about everything that happens all the time. But does this also imply that we have these thoughts somehow symbolically represented in our brain? Embodied cognition theorists contend that thought results from an organism’s ability to act in its environment. More precisely, what this means is that as an organism learns to control its own movements and perform certain actions, it develops an understanding of its own basic perceptual and motor-based abilities, which serve as an essential first step toward acquiring more complex cognitive processes, such as language. Some recent experimental studies will be presented to underline some of the basic principles of embodied cognition and how to measure this in the brain.