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Embodied Communication in Humans and
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Ipke Wachsmuth, Manuela Lenzen, and Günther Knoblich

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231751

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231751.001.0001

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The visual perception of dynamic body language

The visual perception of dynamic body language

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(p.95) 5 The visual perception of dynamic body language
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Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines
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Maggie Shiffrar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231751.003.0005

This chapter reviews the psychophysical and neurophysiological findings regarding the perception of social information from large-scale bodily movements. It shows that the human visual system integrates human and non-human motions differently over time. It also shows that visual processing is affected by the similarity between the perceived image features of motion representations in the observer and the observed actor. Thus, the human visual system is regarded as an inherently social organ that allows people to read bodily expressions of others with ease in their daily lives.

Keywords:   perception, social information, visual system, visual processing, motion representations, bodiy expressions

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