First, the roots of embodiment are described with historical, computer-science, and phenomenological viewpoints. It is argued that embodied cognition is relevant for the discussion of intentionality, with a particular focus on underlying neural processes as well as the context of synergetics and self-organization theory.
As cognition is socially embedded, a large section of this book concentrates on "embodied communication": How does embodiment influence the way to approach others, what role do body movements play in social interaction, what is the function of nonverbal synchrony in interpersonal relationships and psychotherapy? Embodied cognitive agents are further embedded in particular cultural and environmental contexts. This book thus addresses the active role that cultural and environmental aspects play in driving cognition. Some applications of embodiment, e.g. to psychotherapy and aesthetics are also presented.
Keywords: Embodied cognition, psychology, computer science, biology, philosophy, psychiatry, phenomenology, intentionality, neurology, neural processes, self-organization theory, self-organisation theory, cognition, embodied communication, social interaction, non-verbal synchrony, interpersonal relationships, psychotherapy, culture, environment, aesthetics, body, developmental psychology, movement, feedback, dance, human body, dynamic motion, dynamics, ecological psychology, affordances