Event

Developing a representation of the self: bodily awareness in childhood

  • Tue 6 Feb 18

    16:00 - 17:00

  • Colchester Campus

    1.702 - Department of Psychology

  • Event speaker

    Dr Dorothy Cowie - Durham University

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychology, Department of

Compared with many other psychological processes, one might think that understanding one’s own body is a relatively easy task. But on closer inspection, this is not a single problem – it involves understanding where one’s body is in space, localising touches that are applied to it, and subjectively identifying body parts as one’s own. Further, even in adults the sense of bodily self can be experimentally manipulated with techniques such as the Rubber Hand Illusion. For children, operating in the context of rapid bodily growth, might body representation might be even more flexible than for adults? In this talk I will present evidence in support of the idea that body representations remain plastic through mid-childhood, and discuss the implications of this view for emerging VR technologies and for rehabilitation.