New research shows people think better while moving

New research shows people think better while moving - http://www.boston.com Avatar Posted by ArmadaIG under Self-Development
From http://www.boston.com 4149 days ago
Made Hot by: on January 17, 2008 1:00 am
The brain is often envisioned as something like a computer, and the body as its all-purpose tool. But a growing body of new research suggests that something more collaborative is going on - that we think not just with our brains, but with our bodies. A series of studies, the latest published in November, has shown that children can solve math problems better if they are told to use their hands while thinking. Another recent study suggested that stage actors remember their lines better when they are moving. And in one study published last year, subjects asked to move their eyes in a specific pattern while puzzling through a brainteaser were twice as likely to solve it.

The term most often used to describe this new model of mind is "embodied cognition," and its champions believe it will open up entire new avenues for understanding - and enhancing - the abilities of the human mind. Some educators see in it a new paradigm for teaching children, one that privileges movement and simulation over reading, writing, and reciting. Specialists in rehabilitative medicine could potentially use the emerging findings to help patients recover lost skills after a stroke or other brain injury. The greatest impact, however, has been in the field of neuroscience itself, where embodied cognition threatens age-old distinctions - not only between brain and body, but between perceiving and thinking, thinking and acting, even between reason and instinct - on which the traditional idea of the mind has been built.





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Written by thelodgeshoper
2743 days ago

I guess I need to start walking more.



Written by wontonu
4144 days ago

This is a great article!!! It covers a lot more than just the recent movement/thinking study.



Written by melanee
4147 days ago

Hey, I'll try anything. I do know that walking for just 10 minutes helps clear a stressed out mind.



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