Human Body Perception from the Inside Out

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Günther Knoblich, Professor of Psychology Ian Thornton, Ian Thornton, Maggie Shiffrar, Marc Grosjean
OUP USA, Jan 5, 2006 - Medical - 468 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Contributors
3
Body and Multimodal Perception
11
SarahJayne Blakemore Martin A Giese
58
Sensory
65
Piazza dellAteneo Nuovo 1 Department of Psychology
84
Multisensory Representation of Peripersonal Space
89
A Bayesian View on Multimodal Cue Integration
105
University College London University Clinic Tübingen
113
Perception of Biological Motion
255
Studying the Perception
261
PointLight Walkers and Beyond
271
London WC1N3AR D72076 Tübingen
276
A Review of Infants Responses
305
John E McGoldrick creedadu
321
Computational Principles for the Recognition of Biological
323
Evidence for a Network of Brain Areas Involved in Perception
361

An Introduction
135
Body Mereology
147
Valerie E Stone Institute of Cognitive
169
Varieties
171
Department of Psychology 17 Queen Square
199
How the Body Schema Acts
211
Configural Processing of the Human Body
229
Alessandro Farnè
388
Representational Foundations of Intentional Action
393
When the Other Influences the Self Interference Between Perception
413
Representing Intentional Relations and Acting Intentionally
427
Author Index
443
Subject Index
459
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About the author (2006)

Gunther Knoblich is at Rutgers University. Ian Thornton is at University of Wales Swansea.