Embodied Cognition in Psychological Therapy

Year
2012
Volume 13
Issue 4
Pages
431-452
Authors
Mihoko Otake, Surya G. Nurzaman, & Fumiya Iida
Abstract
The concept of embodiment plays a crucial role in understanding human cognition. Previously it has been argued, for example, that the cognitive processes related to human memories cannot be fully explained without the notions of embodiment because memories are usually the outcome of an individual’s physical sensorimotor interactions with the environments. The aim of this paper is to discuss the issues of embodied cognitive science and their contributions in the psychological therapeutic method. Through a few trials that we conducted in the last few years, we introduce a novel therapeutic method, the so-called coimagination method, which has been used for preventing and rehabilitating cognitive decline, and its implications in the context of embodied cognition.


Key words: embodied cognition, psychological therapy, memory, dementia, cognitive decline