Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972000 | Print ISBN: 9781412940818 | Online ISBN: 9781412972000| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Catherine L. Reed
Body perception refers to the detection and recognition of an animate body and its postures. The body is a special object of perception because unlike other objects, it refers to perception of the self as well as to perception of others. Our own bodies tell us what we are doing now and help us figure out how we should perform actions that give us what we want. Visual perception is integrated with additional sensory channels that provide tactile, proprioceptive, and kinesthetic information for multimodal processing. We see it, feel it, and control it. This online body information organizes current body information with stored spatial and structural body information. Because of the body's unique structure, other people's bodies are also special objects of perception. They give us information about what they are doing and whether we need to respond to what they are doing. We frequently observe other people's bodies, Two ...