No two are the same: body shape is part of identifying others

Ramsey, R., van Schie, H. T. and Cross, E. S. (2011) No two are the same: body shape is part of identifying others. Cognitive Neuroscience, 2(3-4), pp. 207-208. (doi: 10.1080/17588928.2011.604721) (PMID:24168538)

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Downing and Peelen argue for a clear distinction between body and identity representation, with the former performed by EBA and FBA, and the latter performed elsewhere in the brain. Under a predictive coding account, we argue that this separation is unnecessary: Representing bodies is part of representing identity. While neurons in EBA and FBA may only code for body shape and posture, we propose that they are a part of a reciprocally connected cortical network that functions to minimize prediction error when making identity inferences. We propose a novel way to test the hypothesis that EBA and FBA are critically involved in person identification.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cross, Professor Emily
Authors: Ramsey, R., van Schie, H. T., and Cross, E. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:Cognitive Neuroscience
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1758-8936
Published Online:01 November 2011

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