By now, readers of this blog, and also people who follow neuroscience even in a cursory manner, know that we don't just process information with our minds and brains. Our bodies get in the act and know a thing or two our brains do not.
The part played by the body is called "embodied cognition", a topic that must be understood by the conflict professional of the 21st century. Do you need to review the body's role in conflict? If so, here's a gift.
Stanford University has made embodied cognition accessible for all of us. Click to read the entry on its Web site; the article is aptly titled "Embodied Cognition. Excerpt:
Cognition is embodied when it is deeply dependent upon features of the physical body of an agent, that is, when aspects of the agent's body beyond the brain play a significant causal or physically constitutive role in cognitive processing.
In general, dominant views in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science have considered the body as peripheral to understanding the nature of mind and cognition. Proponents of embodied cognitive science view this as a serious