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Seeing You Through Me:

Catherine L. Reed

in People Watching

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393705
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979271 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393705.003.0004

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Seeing You Through Me:

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The visual perception of the human body, whether static or in motion, appears to depend upon the observer’s own bodily representations, as well as on motor and kinesthetic mechanisms. For example, the actions that an observer performs impact that observer’s visual perception of other people’s bodies. This chapter reviews extensive evidence supporting the hypothesis that the interface of visual-motor processes between the observer and observed others depends upon both innate and learned mechanisms.

Keywords: embodied perception; self-other correspondence; perception-action coupling; common coding; psychophysics; simulation theory; mirror neuron system; attention; configural processing

Chapter.  11139 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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