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The Earliest Senses of Self and Others

Edited by Shaun Gallager

in How the Body Shapes the Mind

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199271948
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603112 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199271941.003.0004
 The Earliest Senses of Self and Others

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Evidence from developmental psychology concerning neonate imitation shows that the body schema is innate and that perception is intermodal from birth, in contrast to traditional views, held by both psychologists and phenomenologists, concerning the development of the body schema. This evidence also suggests that there is a primary, embodied sense of self, at least from birth, and that the earliest experience is already intersubjective.

Keywords: body schema; intermodal perception; neonate imitation; self; intersubjectivity; social cognition

Chapter.  10431 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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