The big idea behind embodied cognition is that thoughts and perceptions are not confined to the brain, but extend to the body too. As a result, our bodily states affect how we think and our perceptions are fundamentally shaped by our ability to act. The very same object can look vastly different depending on what you intend to do and your ability to perform that intended action. Studies suggest that simply holding a gun changes the way you perceive the world around you.
Read more about embodied cognition in my Discover magazine story, Where Do Thoughts Occur?
More about embodied cognition and guns in my blog post, Guns on the Brain.