Embodied Simulation And The Space Around Us The Perspective

Embodied Simulation And The Space Around Us The Perspective

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Embodied simulation and the space around us: The perspective of
cognitive neuroscience.
Vittorio Gallese1
1 Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma, Italy
The notion of space will be addressed within the broader notion of
"embodied simulation", discussing the multimodal properties of the
motor system relevant to an embodied account of the space around us.
The same motor circuits that control the motor behavior of
individuals’ bodies also map the space around them, and the objects at
hand in that very same space, thus defining and shaping in motor terms
their representational content. The notion of space, although unitary
when examined introspectively, is not represented in the brain as a
single multipurpose map. Different and parallel parieto-premotor
cortical networks create internal representations of bodily actions.
The space around us is thus defined by the motor potentialities and
confinements of our body, meaning also that perception always requires
action.