Whatever object we might encounter in our life, our encounter with our own body is never the same. It might not be surprising therefore, that few issues in experimental psychology have encountered such interest as how the brain represents our body.
No comprehensive view has developed on how the brain represents the body. This might be related to the methodological constraints in researching this area: as William James stated ” our body is always there”. Additionally, there has always been a scarce dialogue between different approaches in the study of body representation. Remarkably, however, the future of research in body representation would have to integrate lab-based research, clinical approaches and the development of new technologies, such as virtual reality embodiment.
A novel focus within the workshop will be to treat body representation with a multidisciplinary multifaceted approach, organizing a network between experts with the aim of communicating findings and sharing paradigms, considering the needs of the different settings, and finally promoting awareness in other disciplines.
Organisers: Elisa Ferre, Anna Sedda and Gianna Cocchini