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The role of body and environment in cognition

Topic Editors:

Dermot Lynott, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Louise Connell, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Judith Holler, Max Planck Institute Psycholinguistics, Netherlands

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Recent evidence has shown many ways in which our bodies and the environment influence cognition.

In this research topic we aim to develop our understanding of cognition by considering the diverse and dynamic relationship between the language we use, our bodily perceptions, and our actions and interactions in the broader environment. There are already many empirical effects illustrating the continuity of mind-body-environment: manipulating body posture influences diverse areas such as mood, hormonal responses, and perception of risk; directing attention to a particular sensory modality can affect language processing, signal detection, and memory performance; placing implicit cues in the environment can impact upon social behaviours, moral judgements, and economic decision making.

This research topic encourages papers that explore the question of how our bodies and the environment influence cognition, such as how we mentally represent the world around us, understand language, reason about abstract concepts, make judgements and decisions, and interact with objects and other people.

Submissions may focus on empirical, theoretical, methodological or modelling issues as well as opinion pieces or contrasting perspectives.

Suitable topic areas include, but are not limited to, adult and developmental cognition, social cognition, emotion, language processing, modality-specific representations, spatial representations, decision making, robotics and synthetic embodiment, gesture production and comprehension, perceptual simulation, cognitive modelling.

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