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The Brain’s Sense of Movement

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$19.50 • £15.95 • €17.50

ISBN 9780674009806

Publication Date: 09/30/2002


352 pages

5-11/16 x 8-7/8 inches

42 line illustrations

Perspectives in Cognitive Neuroscience


  • Introduction
  • 1. Perception Is Simulated Action
    • The Motor Theory of Perception
    • The Concept of Acceptor of the Results of Action
    • Bernstein’s Comparator
    • Memory Predicts the Consequences of Action
    • Mental Nodes
    • Mirror Neurons
    • Simulation, Emulation, or Representation?
  • 2. The Sense of Movement: A Sixth Sense?
    • Proprioception
    • The Vestibulary System: An Inertial Center?
    • The Functions of the Vestibular System
    • Seeing Movement
  • 3. Building Coherence
    • How Vision Detects Movement
    • Visual Movement and Vestibular Receptors
    • Am I in My Bed or Hanging from the Ceiling?
    • The Coherence between Seeing and Hearing
    • The Problem of the Coherence and Unity of Perception
    • Autism: The Disintegration of Coherence?
  • 4. Frames of Reference
    • Personal Space and Extrapersonal Space
    • Egocentric and Allocentric Frames of Reference
    • Natural Frames of Reference
    • Selecting Frames of Reference
  • 5. A Memory for Predicting
    • Topographic Memory or Topokinetic Memory?
    • The Neural Basis of Spatial Memory: The Role of the Hippocampus
  • 6. Natural Movement
    • Pioneers
    • The Problem of Number of Degrees of Freedom
    • The Invention of the Eye
    • The Form of a Drawing Is Produced by the Law of Maximal Smoothness
  • 7. Synergies and Strategies
    • Vestibular Axon Branching and Gaze Stabilization
    • The Baby Fish That Wanted to Swim Flat on Its Stomach
    • The Neural Bases for Encoding Movement of the Arms
    • Coordination of Synergies
  • 8. Capture
    • The Toad’s Decision
    • The Art of Braking
    • What if Newton Had Wanted to Catch the Apple?
  • 9. The Look That Investigates the World
    • Gaze Orientation
    • “Go Where I’m Looking,” not “Look Where I’m Going”
    • Eye-to-Eye Contact
    • Gaze and Emotion
    • The Neural Basis of Gaze-Orienting Reactions
  • 10. Visual Exploration
    • The Brain Is a Fiery Steed
    • A Model of Perception–Action Relationships
    • Imagined Movement and Actual Movement
    • Dynamic Memory and Predictive Control of Movements
    • Was Piaget Right?
  • 11. Balance
    • A Physiology of Reaction
    • How to Make the University of Edinburgh Oscillate
    • Toward a Projective Physiology
  • 12. Adaptation
    • Adaptation and Substitution
    • The Rheumatologist and the Ophthalmologist
    • The Role of Activity in Compensating for and Preventing Disorientation
  • 13. The Disoriented Brain: Illusions Are Solutions
    • Illusion: The Best Possible Hypothesis
    • Illusions Caused by Acceleration and Gravity
    • Illusions of Movement of the Limbs
    • Space and Motion Sickness
    • A Few Other Illusions
  • 14. Architects Have Forgotten the Pleasure of Movement
  • Conclusion: Toward a Tolerant Perception
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Credits
  • Index

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