What is the Body Schema?

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Psychology (CMC)

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All of us have a stable perception of our body. We know whether we are sitting or standing, whether our left hand covers our right, and whether our feet are currently higher than our knees. Our sense of body not only includes its current configuration, but also knowledge of the relative locations of its parts and what actions it can perform.

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© 2002 Cambridge University Press