Hearing the body
- Action sounds recalibrate the perceived tactile distance -
We unconsciously know the shape of our own body and its configuration in space. This knowledge is called the body schema. When we grab a coffee cup or pass through a narrow space we have to refer to this body schema to guide our movement. In spite of its importance, the way in which a body schema is constructed from sensory inputs has yet to be revealed. We report a novel phenomenon. Participants tapped on a floor and listened to the resulting sound. When the sound originated at a point double the distance from that at which the participants actually tapped, the participants unconsciously felt their arms to be longer. In our presentation, we will demonstrate this phenomenon with some other examples that show how we can sense our own body through somatosensation, vision, and hearing.
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- A. Tajadura-Jiménez, A. Väljamäe, I. Toshima, T. Kimura, M. Tsakiris, N.
Kitagawa, “Action sounds recalibrate perceived tactile distance,”
Current Biology, Vol. 22 No. 13, pp. R516-517, 2012.
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