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The human body has long inspired artists, philosophers, musicians, and writers. Researchers in the psychological sciences, however, have only relatively recently begun to acknowledge the role the body plays in perception. With the general notion of cognition recently broadening to include its embodied nature, researchers' accounts of perception have increasingly come to include the body's special status as a window on the world and to accommodate the specific perceptual requirements for identifying, interpreting, and interacting with other bodies. This volume presents a comprehensive overview of the rapid progress that has been made in understanding the human body and its relationship to perception. It will help to unify the relevant research from several independent areas of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience and facilitate the development of an integrated framework for the study of human-body perception. Its sections cover the four major lines of research that have contributed and will continue to contribute to this new framework: body and multimodal perception, body representation, perception of biological motion, and intention and action in body perception.
Each chapter provides a state-of-the-art account of exciting theoretical developments and empirical advances, and section introductions integrate the chapters and establish each section's place in the broader context of human-body-perception research. This volume will be an invaluable guide for student and professional researchers in visual perception, cognitive psychology, and cognitive neuroscience.
CONTRIBUTORS ; 1. Integrating Perspectives on Human Body Perception ; SECTION I: BODY AND MULTIMODAL PERCEPTION ; 2. An Introduction to Body and Multimodal Perception ; 3. Beyond the Body Schema: Visual, Prosthetic, and Technological Contributions to Bodily Perception and Awareness ; 4. From "Body in the Brain" to "Body in Space": Sensory and Intentional Components of Body Representation ; 5. Multisensory Representation of Peripersonal Space, ; 6. A Bayesian View on Multimodal Cue Integration ; SECTION II: BODY REPRESENTATIONS ; 7. Body-Based Views of the World: An Introduction to Body Representations ; 8. Body Mereology ; 9. From Phantom Limb to Phantom Body: Varieties of Extracorporeal Awareness ; 10. Covert Imitation: How the Body Schema Acts as a Prediction Device ; 11. Not Just Posturing: Configural Processing of the Human Body ; SECTION III: PERCEPTION OF BIOLOGICAL MOTION ; 12. Of Bodies, Brains, and Models: Studying the Perception of Biological Motion ; 13. Biological Motion: Point-light Walkers and Beyond ; 14. Developing Body Representations: A Review of Infants' Responses to Biological-Motion Displays ; 15. Computational Principles for the Recognition of Biological Movements: Model-Based Versus Feature-Based Approaches ; 16. Evidence for a Network of Brain Areas Involved in Perception of Biological Motion ; SECTION IV: INTENTION AND ACTION IN BODY PERCEPTION ; 17. An Introduction to Intention and Action in Body Perception: The Body as the Actor's Tool ; 18. Representational Foundations of Intentional Action ; 19. When the Other Influences the Self: Interference Between Perception and Action ; 20. Representing Intentional Relations and Acting Intentionally in Infancy: Current Insights and Open Questions ; AUTHOR INDEX ; SUBJECT INDEX
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