Rhythms of the body, rhythms of the brain: Respiration, neural oscillations, and embodied cognition

  title={Rhythms of the body, rhythms of the brain: Respiration, neural oscillations, and embodied cognition},
  author={Somogy Varga and Detlef H. Heck},
  journal={Consciousness and Cognition},
  • S. Varga, D. Heck
  • Published 9 August 2017
  • Psychology
  • Consciousness and Cognition
In spite of its importance as a life-defining rhythmic movement and its constant rhythmic contraction and relaxation of the body, respiration has not received attention in Embodied Cognition (EC) literature. Our paper aims to show that (1) respiration exerts significant and unexpected bottom-up influence on cognitive processes, and (2) it does so by modulating neural synchronization that underlies specific cognitive processes. Then, (3) we suggest that the particular example of respiration may… 

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