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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 and cognition. 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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Rutgers University

University of Wales, Swansea

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Munich

Rutgers University

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Table of Contents

1. 1. Human Body Perception from the Inside Out: Integrating Perspectives on Human Body Perception,, Günther Knoblich, Ian Thornton, Marc Grosjean, and Maggie Shiffrar
2. An introduction to body and multimodal perception,, Marc Grosjean
3. Beyond the body schema: Visual, prosthetic, and technological contributions to bodily perception and awareness,, Nicholas P. Holmes and Charles Spence
4. From "body in the brain" to "body in space": Sensory and intentional components of body representation,, Angelo Maravita
5. Multisensory representation of peripersonal space,, Elisabetta Làdavas and Alessandro Farnè
6. A Bayesian view on multimodal cue integration,, Marc O. Ernst
Section 2
7. . Body-based views of the world: An introduction to body representations,, Maggie Shiffrar
8. Body mereology,, F. de Vignemont, M. Tsakiris, and P. Haggard
9. From Phantom Limb to Phantom Body: Varieties of Extracorporeal Awareness,, Peter Brugger
10. Covert Imitation: How the Body Schema Acts as a Prediction Device,, Margaret Wilson
11. Not Just Posturing: Configural processing of the human body,, Catherine L. Reed, Valerie E. Stone, and John E. McGoldrick
Section 3
12. Of bodies, brains and models: Studying the perception of biological motion,, Ian M. Thornto
13. Biological Motion: Point-light Walker and Beyond,, Ian M. Thornton
14. Developing body representations: A review of infants' responses to biological motion displays, Jeannine Pinto
15. Computational Principles for the Recognition of Biological Movements: Model-based versus feature-based approaches,, Martin A. Giese
16. Evidence for a Network of Brain Areas Involved in Perception of Biological Motion,, Emily D. Grossman
Section 4
17. An introduction to intention and action in body perception: The body as the actor's tool,, Günther Knoblich
18. Representational Foundations of Intentional Action,, Wolfgang Prinz
19. When the other influences the self: Interference between perception and action,, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
20. Representing intentional relations and acting intentionally in infancy: Current insights and open questions,, Chris Moore

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