What are the key concepts of Embodied Cognition?

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Embodied Cognition is the idea that cognition is controlled by factors in the body beyond just the brain. In other words, the brain affects the body, and the body affects the brain. The central thesis of embodiment is that cognitions are dependent on the physical body and that the body plays a major role in cognition. Embodied Cognition posits that cognitions are not only controlled by internal factors. Other factors that influence our thinking include our perceptions, the motor system, and the body's interaction with the environment. The key concepts in this theory are that cognitions arise from sensorimotor perceptions and that sensorimotor perceptions are part of a larger biological and psychological context. 

Embodied cognition in part arises from the theories of the philosophies of Heidegger, Dewey, and others. Embodied Cognition is part of the fields of psychology, in which it is posited that the motor system affects the choices we make and our decision making. George Lakoff and others have explored the idea of Embodied Cognition in linguistics, and it also has connections to robotics and artificial intelligence.