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According to some new EU-funded research, there’s more evidence that certain simple decision-making is processed within sensory-motor mechanisms rather than in parts of the brain associated with higher cognition and self-awareness.

This supports the notion that cognition is embodied, according to researchers.

Basically, it means that higher-level abstract cognition is not disconnected or ‘disembodied’ from cognitive processes which are responsible for body movement and motor response. Rather, this research is evidence that those higher-level processes appear to be built right out of the sensory-motor mechanisms. Even more astutely, decision-making appears to entail motor processes and motor planning.

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