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Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Delaware
Touch, Embodiment and Plasticity: Understanding Body Representations
Research on body perception has led to the concept of a “body schema” – an online, multisensory representation of the body in space. While this concept has been of some heuristic value, its utility is limited by a lack of specificity. In this talk, I will discuss how evidence from perceptual illusions and individuals with brain damage have contributed to a greater understanding of how we represent the body in space. First, I will examine how information from touch and proprioception is combined for tactile localization. Next, I will discuss how the mirror box illusion can be used to better understand multisensory integration of the body and mechanisms of embodiment. Finally, I will provide an example of single case cognitive neuroscience, using neuroimaging data to understand sensorimotor reweighting after stroke.
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