Decades of research in cognitive and translational neuroscience converges in demonstrating a pivotal role of neural oscillatory activity in general cognition. Sensory and emotional processing, perception and action are, thus, associated with specific neural oscillatory dynamics, from health to pathology. These research lines have, however, privileged an exclusive spotlight on the tight link between brain activity and behavior, ultimately neglecting existing modulatory influences from the body and its physiological activity.
In this conference, we will discuss evidence demonstrating that neural excitability, information processing and overt behavior can be influenced by physiological signals from the body. In turn, the combined assessment of respiration, heart and gastrointestinal rhythms alongside with brain activity, promises to unravel neglected sources of information and advance our understanding of how we evaluate, perceive, and act in a dynamically changing environment.