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The Brain as a ToolA Neuroscientist's Account$
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Ray Guillery

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806738.001.0001

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Interacting with the world

Interacting with the world

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(p.170) Chapter 12 Interacting with the world
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The Brain as a Tool
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Ray Guillery

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806738.003.0012

In this chapter, the extent to which actions and perceptions depend on each other is explored particularly for the visual system. Viewing the world through a mirror or a lens that displaces or inverts images provides examples of our ability to learn new sensorimotor consistencies. The use of sensory prostheses that replace one sensory modality with another, for example, visual by tactile stimuli or vestibular by tactile stimuli, provides examples of the capacity of our brains to learn about new sensorimotor relationships, often with surprising rapidity, even in an adult.

Keywords:   actions that produce perceptions, sensory prostheses, sensory learning, cortical learning, well-learnt actions, newly acquired actions, philosophers’ objections, psychologists objections, embodied perception

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