Cognition refers to the functions and processes of the brain involved in thinking, language, perception, imagination, planning, problem-solving, comprehension, and memory. Cognitive psychology studies how these processes work in our brains and inform our well-being in life. Cognition is an extremely complex process that takes place every second of every day, allowing us to easily navigate a myriad of ideas, duties, activities, and relationships. Ultimately, cognition can affect our health, attitudes, connections, and how we draw meaning from life.
This classic book, first published in 1991, was one of the first to propose the “embodied cognition” approach in cognitive science. It pioneered the connections between phenomenology and science and between Buddhist practices and science—claims that have since become highly influential.