"Body symbolism and metaphors: how thoughts and words can affect physiology and movement patterns, and how to turn dysfunctional patterns into functional ones." Presented by: Monica Canducci
The most recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience and embodied cognition show us that our brain reacts to metaphors involving body parts and movement by activating sensory-motor areas associated with motor perception, control, and planning. Moreover, even single nouns or verbs associated with motor actions or sensations are able to activate sensory-motor networks. The understanding of both the impact of words on our physiology and the symbolism of the human body (more specifically of body parts and their functions on a metaphorical level), can support us in helping our clients replace dysfunctional motor patterns with functional ones.