exploring biocultural neuroscience and human relationships to meaning and place

Embodied Ecologies

Embodied Ecologies

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What is Biocultural Neuroscience?

Place > Ecology > Sensation > Motion > Emotion > Perception > Cognition > Expression > Language > Culture > Tradition > Value > Identity > Meaning


Throughout history, human relationships to place have been investigated by scholars and practitioners across many different fields—from anthropology to psychology, cultural studies to neuroscience. A great deal of insight has been gathered, however much of this understanding remains isolated due to the ongoing tradition of insularity within academic disciplines.


Embodied Ecologies seeks to serve as a forum for the interdisciplinary exploration of human-place relationships. Our goals in providing this forum are to give participants an opportunity to learn about the latest research in neighboring fields and to support the development of a shared “landscape of understanding” around questions of embodiment, place, meaning, identity, and culture that are fundamental to human experience.









The timing of this project is both critical and strategic. Advances in neuroimaging technology have propelled neuroscience research across multiple fields, resulting in a great depth of new understanding about the embodied processes involved in human behavior, choice-making, and meaning-making. At the same time, as a global civilization we are facing critical questions about climate change, ecosystem destruction, and the dramatic, broad scale loss not only of biological species but also place-specific languages, cultures, and embodied ways of life. These questions confront both the academic community and humankind as a whole.


Our hope is that bringing together a network of thought leaders and pioneers will accelerate the cross-pollination and dissemination of critical knowledge and the formation of collaborative research partnerships at levels of influence that can potentially inform the future course of multiple disciplines. Towards this end, Embodied Ecologies plans to undertake a series of projects to fulfill our vision of supporting humankind’s meaningful, harmonious, and sustainable participation in the greater system of life of which we are a part.


We welcome the participation of individuals and organizations across all disciplines. To find out more, please contact us.


We believe that developing a systems-oriented understanding of the interrelationship between place, culture, and embodied experience

will support the identification of strategies that promote the well-being of people, communities and our living planet as a whole.