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Embodiment and Schizophrenia: A Review of Implications and Applications

Tschacher, W; Giersch, A; Friston, K; (2017) Embodiment and Schizophrenia: A Review of Implications and Applications. Schizophrenia Bulletin , 43 (4) pp. 745-753. 10.1093/schbul/sbw220. Green open access

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Abstract

In recent decades, embodiment has become an influential concept in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Embodiment denotes the study of the reciprocal (causal) relationships between mind and body, with the mind not only affecting the body but also vice versa. Embodied cognition comes to the fore in sensorimotor coupling, predictive coding, and nonverbal behavior. Additionally, the embodiment of the mind constitutes the basis of social interaction and communication, as evident in research on nonverbal synchrony and mimicry. These theoretical and empirical developments portend a range of implications for schizophrenia research and treatment. Sensorimotor dysfunctions are closely associated with affective and psychotic psychopathology, leading to altered timing in the processing of stimuli and to disordered appraisals of the environment. Problems of social cognition may be newly viewed as disordered embodied communication. The embodiment perspective suggests novel treatment strategies through psychotherapy and body-oriented interventions, and may ultimately provide biomarkers for diagnosis.

Type: Article
Title: Embodiment and Schizophrenia: A Review of Implications and Applications
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/schbul/sbw220
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbw220
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Psychiatry, predictive coding, nonverbal synchrony, psychotherapy, mind-body relationship, sensorimotor processes, Bayesian statistics, ACTIVE INFERENCE, SOCIAL-INTERACTION, INTEROCEPTIVE INFERENCE, SENSORY PREDICTION, NEGATIVE SYMPTOMS, BODY MOVEMENT, SELF, CONSCIOUSNESS, PERCEPTION, SYNCHRONY
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057808
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