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Creating an Internal Environment of Cognitive and Psycho-Emotional Well-Being through an External Movement-Based Environment: An Overview of Quadrato Motor Training

by 1, 2 and 1,*
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Research Institute for Neuroscience, Education and Didactics, Patrizio Paoletti Foundation, 06081 Assisi, Italy
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Department of Criminology, Bar-Ilan Univesity, Ramat-Gan 5290002, Israel
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(12), 2160; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16122160
Received: 15 April 2019 / Revised: 14 June 2019 / Accepted: 17 June 2019 / Published: 18 June 2019
In this overview, we discuss the internal and external environmental factors associated with cognitive and psycho-emotional well-being in the context of physical activity and Mindful Movement. Our key argument is that improved cognitive and emotional functions associated with mental well-being can be achieved by an external, Mindful Movement-based environment training called Quadrato Motor Training (QMT). QMT is a structured sensorimotor training program aimed at improving coordination, attention, and emotional well-being through behavioral, electrophysiological, neuroanatomical, and molecular changes. In accordance with this argument, we first describe the general neurobiological mechanisms underpinning emotional states and emotion regulation. Next, we review the relationships between QMT, positive emotional state, and increased emotion regulation, and discuss the neurobiological mechanisms underlying these relationships. We consider the relationships between motion, emotion, and cognition, and highlight the need for integrated training paradigms involving these three trajectories. Such training paradigms provide cognitively engaging exercises to improve emotion regulation, which in turn affects adaptive behaviors. Finally, we address the broader implications of improving cognitive and emotional functioning through Mindful Movement training for environmental research and public health. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; Mindful Movement; cognition; emotion; built environment; social environment physical activity; Mindful Movement; cognition; emotion; built environment; social environment
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De Fano, A.; Leshem, R.; Ben-Soussan, T.D. Creating an Internal Environment of Cognitive and Psycho-Emotional Well-Being through an External Movement-Based Environment: An Overview of Quadrato Motor Training. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2160. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16122160

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De Fano A, Leshem R, Ben-Soussan TD. Creating an Internal Environment of Cognitive and Psycho-Emotional Well-Being through an External Movement-Based Environment: An Overview of Quadrato Motor Training. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(12):2160. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16122160

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De Fano, Antonio, Rotem Leshem, and Tal D. Ben-Soussan. 2019. "Creating an Internal Environment of Cognitive and Psycho-Emotional Well-Being through an External Movement-Based Environment: An Overview of Quadrato Motor Training" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 12: 2160. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16122160

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