Embodied Cognition, Embodied Learning

Welcome to Embodied Cognition, Embodied Learning: The home of the Translational Learning Sciences Research (TLSR) model for ECEL applications to the classroom. The mission of the site is to promote Embodied Cognition and the resultant Embodied Learning implications. Our mission is to foster scientific interchange among researchers, scholars, and educators in various areas of embodied cognition, including Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Education.
Together we will translate excellence in ECEL. TransLatorS foR ExCELlence.

The Authors

Sheila L Macrine, PhD
Jennifer MB Fugate, PhD

The Book

TLSR Model

Translational Learning Sciences Research model
Frontiers in Education

“How intimate are the links between mind, body, and movement? In this important and groundbreaking volume, research on the embodied mind suggests exciting new perspectives on teaching and learning. Essential reading for all those interested in evidence-led approaches to education.”

Andy Clark – Professor of Cognitive Philosophy, University of Sussex; author of Being There and Surfing Uncertainty

Latest Blog Posts:

CogNation Podcast with Rolf Nelson and Joe Hardy

Our guests, Dr. Sheila Macrine and Dr. Jennifer Fugate, discuss the concept of “embodied cognition” and its implications for the classroom. They argue that traditional cognitive psychology has ignored the fact that the brain is situated in the body, and that learning happens most effectively if it is connected with our body and our environment, rather than learned abstractly.

Mindset Neuroscience Podcast with Stefanie Faye

The highlights of my life have been working with young people and watching them light up as they recognize their capacities to learn.  I love teaching them the magnificent systems-logic that exists in the world and in their bodies for them to use for their own sense of power and agency. It was an honor to speak with two professors who align with this and are taking action to transform and disrupt education as we currently know it. In this episode, Drs. Sheila Macrine and Jennifer Fugate and I explore how our cognitive and learning processes are embodied as we discuss their book, Movement Matters: How Embodied Cognition Informs Teaching and Learning.

London Futurists with David Wood

Professors Macrine and Fugate will be highlighting key implications of their research for the future of teaching and learning, and answering questions raised by audience members.

You may also be interested in this recent Frontiers In Education article co-written by tomorrow’s two speakers. Among other topics, the article explores why the educational establishment is sometimes slow in updating its methods in the light of new scientific research. This is described as “minding the (brain) gap” – in an echo of announcements that will be familiar to users of London’s Underground train system.

New Books Network Interview with Alice Gardner

In Movement Matters: How Embodied Cognition Informs Teaching and Learning (MIT, 2022), Sheila L. Macrine (Professor in Cognitive Science, UMass Dartmouth) and Jennifer M. B. Fugate (Associate Professor in Health Psychology, Kansas City University) bring together experts to … Read more

Using movement and sensory perception to improve learning | THE Campus Learn, Share, Connect

23 May 2022

Advice on using physical actions and sensory perception to deepen learning — Read on http://www.timeshighereducation.com/campus/improving-learning-through-physical-action-and-sensory-perception

Philosophy of Brains Blog

A series of blogs written by authors within Movement Matters: How Embodied Cognition Informs Teaching and Learning (week of August 29, 2022)

Brain Science Podcast with Ginger Campbell (available for purchase)