“Mobile Brain/Body Imaging of embodied spatial cognition”
Human cognition is embodied in the sense that cognitive processes are based on and make use of our physical structure
while being situated in a specific environment. Brain areas and activities that originally evolved to organize motor behavior of
animals in their three-dimensional (3-D) environments also support human cognition. However, standard laboratory experiments use virtual environments (VR), dis-embodying participants and task and restrict cognitive processing to be based on passive perception of sparse information only with minimal response possibilities. This stands in marked contrast to natural cognitive processes that make use of a multitude of sensory information from the body and its movement in a dynamic environment. I will discuss consequences of this disembodiment for cognitive processing with a focus on spatial cognition and show a mobile brain/body imaging modality developed to investigate natural (spatial) cognition.