Why Your Body Can Jog Your Mind

Claudia Repetto, Manuela Macedonia

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Philosophical tradition influences the way we think about body and mind (Rogers, 1936). We have a body to move around and a mind to think and to learn (Descartes, 1637). At school, we sit, listen, and read, but we are not allowed to move. However, cognitive science has shown that our body is tightly linked to the mind (Wilson, 2002; Pecher and Zwaan, 2005; Gärtner, 2013). In this paper, we provide evidence that better learning is achieved if the body supports the mind. We review studies showing how physical movement impacts brain functions and structures, and why physical movement is beneficial to learning. Thereafter, we explain how the body supports the mind in difficult cognitive tasks. Finally, we discuss how the body can be employed as a tool in second language learning and mathematics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)N/A-N/A
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • body and mind
  • educational method
  • embodiment
  • gesture theory
  • learning and memory
  • physical exercise


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