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Body parts in perception

Sculpture by Louise BourgeoisWe experience the body as an object of perception, like any other object, but we also have a unique internal perspective on it. In this project, we examine how different representational systems responsible for encoding information about the body interact. In particular, we examine how body parts are represented in tactile and visual perception and how these representations interact with variable linguistic categories.


Representative publications

  • de Vignemont, F., Majid, A., Jola, C., & Haggard, P. (2009). Segmenting the body into parts: Evidence from biases in tactile perception. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
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Asifa Majid

Last checked 2013-11-04 by Mark Dingemanse


Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

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