In a Scientific American article about embodied cognition, psychology professor Joshua Davis comments on the future of this type of research. An excerpt:
"I also spoke with Term Assistant Professor of Psychology Joshua Davis, who teaches at Barnard College and focuses on embodiment. I asked Davis what the future of embodiment studies looks like (he is relatively new to the game, having received his PhD in 2008). He explained to me that although “a lot of the ideas of embodiment have been around for a few decades, they’ve hit a critical mass… whereas sensory inputs and motor outputs were secondary, we now see them as integral to cognitive processes.” This is not to deny computational theories, or even behaviorism, as Davis said, “behaviorism and computational theories will still be valuable,” but, “I see embodiment as a new paradigm that we are shifting towards.”"
Read the full article here.
Prof. Davis' research deals with "embodiment," the study of thoughts and feelings in terms of their connections with sensory-motor processes. His recent work concerning Botox's impact on emotions has received considerable media attention.