Place attachment

Along my bike commute yesterday, this Humans Outside podcast episode had me yelling “yes!” right out loud. Host Amy Bushatz and guest Melody Warnick (author of the fantastic book This is Where You Belong) hit on all the big principles of embodied cognition: why our lives are enriched by moving together with others outside — walking, hiking, biking, even jumping up and down in a stadium — noticing specific sensory aspects of our environment, and even experiencing “Type 2 Fun” when we get lost or caught in a downpour.

Warnick’s interest in place attachment applies to the challenge of relocation, which is an interesting way to frame the experience of college students, who are inhabiting a new space. We can help them to feel at home as rapidly as possible by infusing academic learning with movement, sensation, and a memorable experience of place.

More examples of how embodied cognition works.

The science of embodied cognition shows how perception is informed by prior experience and selective attention. Alexandra Horowitz provides 11 perfect illustrations of the ways that humans notice completely different things — experience different sensory input — even when walking around the same urban block. Horowitz is an expert in dog cognition (cool!).

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