Edited by Sabine C. Koch, Thomas Fuchs, Michela Summa and Cornelia Müller
[Advances in Consciousness Research 84] 2012
► pp. 243–251
Body memory and neurobiology – two faces of the same coin? Our genome serves as a basis for cellular development. Ensuing proliferation and differentiation of the cells are regulated by epigenetic factors and specific hormones, and are characterized by external influence like nutrition, environment, and education. This is an important process in adoption. The brain cells further integrate into a complex and stressable network by synaptogenesis and plasticity – a prerequisite in higher brain function. Brain’s limbic system conducts memory, cognition, and emotion and interacts with the visual and prefrontal cortex, the frontal and temporal lobes. Perception and imitation are main factors in learning, memory, and emotional reaction. Body memory in neurobiological context may be hypothesized as a concept influenced by (epi)genetics, environmental input (hormones), cultural influence (network building), cognition, and emotion.