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Body representations and cognitive ontology: Drawing the boundaries of the body image.

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Summary of "Body representations and cognitive ontology: Drawing the boundaries of the body image."

The distinction between body image and body schema has been incredibly influential in cognitive neuroscience. Recently, researchers have begun to speculate about the relationship between these representations (Gadsby, 2017, 2018; Pitron & de Vignemont, 2017; Pitron et al., 2018). Within this emerging literature, Pitron et al. (2018) proposed that the long-term body image and long-term body schema co-construct one another, through a process of reciprocal interaction. In proposing this model, they make two assumptions: that the long-term body image incorporates the spatial characteristics of tools, and that it is distorted in the case of Alice in wonderland syndrome. Here, I challenge these assumptions, with a closer examination of what the term "long-term body image" refers to. In doing so, I draw out some important taxonomic principles for research into body representation.

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Name: Consciousness and cognition
ISSN: 1090-2376
Pages: 102772

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