September 26, 2021

Body Representations

The representation of the body in the brain cannot be merely reduced to a registration of peripheral inputs. Body awareness relies upon a large neural network where somatosensory cortex, posterior parietal lobe and insular cortex play crucial and dissociable roles. It involves the perception of sensory inputs, the interpretation of these inputs in the context of a rich internal model of the body’s structure, and the use of these inputs for an on-line representation of the body in space. Our research, in collaboration with leading scientists and philosophers in the field, asks how peripheral sensory inputs interact with mental body representations to create a coherent sense of embodiment.

Related Publications

Tsakiris M  (2011). The embodied mini-me: tracing the development of body-representations and their role for self-awareness.  To appear in Slaughter  V & Brownell C (Eds) “Early Development of Body Representations”. Cambridge University Press

Kammers MPM, Longo MR, Tsakiris M, Dijkerman HC,  Haggard P (2009)  Specificity and coherence of body representations. Perception , 38(12):1804-20

Longo MR, Kammers MPM, Gomi H, Tsakiris M, Haggard P (2009) Contraction of body representation induced by proprioceptive conflict. Current Biology,19,  R727 – R728

Longo MR, Schüür F, Kammers MP, Tsakiris M, Haggard P. (2009) Self awareness and the body image. Acta Psychologica (Amsterdam), 32, 166-72.

De Preester H & Tsakiris M  (2008) Body-extension versus body-incorporation: Is there a need for a body-model? Phenomenology & Cognitive Sciences,8, 307-319

Longo M, Schüür F, Kammers MPM, Tsakiris M & Haggard P. (2008) What is Embodiment? A Psychometric Approach. Cognition, 107, 978-98.

De Vignemont F, Tsakiris, M & Haggard P (2005), ‘Body Mereology’. In G. Knoblich, I. Thornton, M. Grosjean, & M. Shiffrar (Eds.), Human Body Perception from the Inside Out. NY: Oxford University Press.