Journal: Thinking Skills and Creativity
Article: Turning thinking on its head: How bodies make up their minds
Keywords: Embodied cognition Real-world intelligence
Abstract: The assumption that bodies have little to do with thinking – other than to be the vehicle that gets a mind to a classroom – deeply underpins the traditional model of schooling. Lessons and seminars are designed on the premise that thinking happens best when people are pretty still, their bodies are quiet and undemanding of attention, and they are writing or talking. Unless it is interfering, the physical body has little to do with cognition. This paper offers an overview of the emerging field of ‘embodied cognition’ that profoundly challenges this model of the mind, and therefore undermines many of the assumptions that underlie the dominant sedentary and disembodied approach to the high-status bits of education.