Can Another Body Be Seen as an Extension of Your Own?

Two feeling as one

When we interact with an object we extend our perception of our physical boundaries. When we interact with a person, could they also extend the perception of ourselves?

In a recent paper, psychologist Tamer Soliman and his colleagues used the tool-based studies as inspiration to explore whether coordinating physical actions with other humans can lead us to integrate their bodies into our own body schema in much the same way that interacting with objects extends our perception of our physical boundaries.

 

source: Scientific American

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julie Sedivy is a cognitive scientist who has taught at Brown University and the University of Calgary. She is the author of Language in Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. She can be found on Twitter as @soldonlanguage.