Rhythms of the Body, Rhythms of the Brain: Respiration, Neural Oscillations, and Embodied Cognition [article]

Somogy Varga, Detlef H. Heck
2017 bioRxiv   pre-print
In spite of its importance as a life-defining rhythmic movement and its constant rhythmic contraction and relaxation of the body, respiration has not received attention in Embodied Cognition (EC) literature. Our paper aims to show that (1) exerts significant and unexpected bottom-up influence on cognitive processes, and (2) it does so by modulating neural synchronization that underlies specific cognitive processes. Then, (3) we suggest that the particular example of respiration may function as
more » ... on may function as a model for a general mechanism through which the body influences cognitive functioning. Finally, (4) we work out the implications for embodied cognition, draw a parallel to the role of gesture, and argue that respiration sometimes plays a double, pragmatic and epistemic, role, which reduces the cognitive load. In such cases, consistent with EC, the overall cognitive activity includes a loop-like interaction between neural and non-neural elements.
doi:10.1101/174276 fatcat:n5hmr3zv2jb53j6tk4wfzgvcgq