PHASE: from art to neuroplasticity - The case of embodied symbols

In the current article, we will bring forth the subject of embodied symbols and discuss the possible underlying neuronal mechanisms mediating the comprehension of these symbols, focusing on the motor system. We will focus on three main examples, related to (1) structures (such as the labyrinth), (2) visual stimuli (e.g., sculptures) and (3) embodied symbols utilizing the human body (e.g., symbolic hand gestures). Finally, the implications of embodied symbols will be discussed through the PHASE (Philosophy, Art, Science and Economics) framework. PHASE links philosophical ideas of man’s improvement through creative art and its examination through science towards the improved economy of self. Utilizing this perspective, we will discuss scientific experiments related to embodied symbols in art and neuroscience.

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