Body-extension versus body-incorporation: Is there a need for a body-model? [Book Review]

Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 8 (3):307-319 (2009)
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This paper investigates the role of a pre-existing body-model that is an enabling constraint for the incorporation of objects into the body. This body-model is also a basis for the distinction between body extensions (e.g., in the case of tool-use) and incorporation (e.g., in the case of successful prosthesis use). It is argued that, in the case of incorporation, changes in the sense of body-ownership involve a reorganization of the body-model, whereas extension of the body with tools does not involve changes in the sense of body-ownership.

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The Principles of Psychology.William James - 1890 - London, England: Dover Publications.
Phenomenology of Perception.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 1962 - Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: The Humanities Press.

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