Cognitive Academy: Thinking Beyond the Brain – Embodied Cognition

21st February 2017 (7pm)

There is a misconception that neuroscience is the study of the brain in a manner that is disconnected from the body. Neuroscience is actually the study of the central nervous system, which is the spinal cord and the brain included.

From this anatomical perspective our interaction with the physical world and how we make sense of it changes. In this new three-part series of Cognitive Academy classes, we will be learning about embodiment and the manner of which the brain and body work together to give a sense of perception as well as help solve problems around cognition, communication, and emotion.

Each class is 90 minutes and it starts with a scientific review and explanation, and then it is put forward to a discussion to examine how the science is applicable to industry.

We are increasingly moving towards a more human-centric approach to cities, design, and technology. Making neuroscience a great a place to start if we are curious about understanding ourselves and creating better “things” for people.

Class 1: Thinking Beyond the Brain: Embodied Cognition 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 (1900-2030)

This class consists of three different parts an introduction to the thematic, neuroscience reviews, and discussion. We will examine:

  • What is embodied cognition?
  • How is neuroscience helping us understand embodiment?
  • Discussion: Does our body helps us think?


The science is thoroughly researched and prepared for commercial application. The purpose is to gain an understanding of how people perceive and interact with the world around them. We aim to stay honest to the science whilst making it accessible and applicable to industry. By honest, we mean that we research a wide range of studies and data, which at times show different findings in order to bring you a diverse set of theories. It also means that we will not take a reductionist approach nor will we claim that neuroscience is an “answer” or predictive.


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