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The World at Our Fingertips: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of Peripersonal Space

Frédérique de Vignemont, Andrea Serino, Hong Yu Wong, and Alessandro Farnè


Where do you end and the external world begin? This might seem to be a straightforward, binary question: your skin is the boundary, with the self on one side and the rest of the world on the other. Peripersonal space shows that the division is not that simple. The boundary is blurrier than you might have thought. Our ability to monitor the space near the body appears to be deeply ingrained. Our evolutionary history has equipped our brains with a special mechanism to track multisensory stimuli that can potentially interact with our physical body in its immediate surroundings and prime appropria ... More

Keywords: space, action, prediction, multisensory, touch, self, social cognition, self-defence, egocentric, bodily awareness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198851738
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198851738.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frédérique de Vignemont, editor
CNRS senior researcher, Institut Jean Nicod, Department of cognitive studies, Paris, France

Andrea Serino, editor
Professor, Head of Myspace Lab, CHUV, University Hospital and University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Hong Yu Wong, editor
Professor, Chair of Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

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Front Matter

Part I Perception Prediction Action

1 Peripersonal space

Frédérique de Vignemont, Andrea Serino, Hong Yu Wong, and Alessandro Farnè

2 Peri-personal space as an interface for self-environment interaction

Jean-Paul Noel, Tommaso Bertoni, and Andrea Serino

3 Close is better

Elvio Blini, Alessandro Farnè, Claudio Brozzoli, and Fadila Hadj-Bouziane

Part II Space and map

10 Feeling the world as being here

Frédérique de Vignemont

12 Sameness of place and the senses

Alisa Mandrigin and Matthew Nudds

Part III The space of self and others

15 The social dimension of peripersonal space

Yann Coello and Tina Iachini

16 Action and social spaces in typical development and in autism spectrum disorder

Michela Candini, Giuseppe di Pellegrino, and Francesca Frassinetti

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