Motor representations and the perception of space:

Yvonne Delevoye-Turrell, Angela Bartolo and Yonn Coello

in Perception, Action, and Consciousness

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199551118
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191594960 | DOI:
Motor representations and the perception of space:

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This chapter first presents the current knowledge about how the perceptual space is organized in relation to body and action representations. It then discusses a neuro-cognitive model that accounts for the dynamical properties of spatial perception, which is thought to rely on the brain's capacity to anticipate the sensory and spatial consequences of deployable actions. It presents recent data that show how the manipulation of motor representations and more specifically the predicted outcome of motor action can perturb the subjects' capacity to delimitate functional spaces significantly. It also reports a study demonstrating that transient inhibition of the motor brain area using transcranial magnetic stimulation interferes with the perceptual judgments of what is reachable. Finally, the chapter considers the case of mental pathology. It presents data that reveal problems of delimitating peripersonal space in a group of patients with schizophrenia, which suggests poor ability in using motor representations.

Keywords: perceptual space; motor action; spatial perception; functional spaces; mental pathology

Chapter.  16052 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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