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    Types of body representation

    Longo, Matthew R. (2016) Types of body representation. In: Coello, Y. and Fischer, M. (eds.) Perceptual and Emotional Embodiment. Foundations of Embodied Cognition 1. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 117-134. ISBN 9781138805811.

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    Our body is an essential component of our sense of self and the core of our identity as an individual. Disorders of body representation, moreover, are a central aspect of several serious clinical conditions. A large and growing literature has therefore investigated the cognitive and neural mechanisms by which we represent our bodies and how these may become disrupted in disease. In this chapter I will give a brief overview of six types of body representation: (1) the body image, a conscious image of the size, shape, and physical composition of our bodies; (2) the body schema, a dynamic model of the body posture underlying skilled action; (3) the superficial schema, mediating localisation of stimuli on the body surface; (4) the body model, a model of the metric properties of the body underlying perception; (5) the body as a distinct semantic domain; and (6) the body structural description, a topological model of the locations of body parts relative to each other.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 08:48
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:15


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