The role of self-touch experience in the formation of the self

The Development of the Self Workshop at IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2017 (2017)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
The human self has many facets: there is the physical body and then there are different concepts or representations supported by processes in the brain such as the ecological, social, temporal, conceptual, and experiential self. The mechanisms of operation and formation of the self are, however, largely unknown. The basis is constituted by the ecological or sensorimotor self that deals with the configuration of the body in space and its action possibilities. This self is prereflective, prelinguistic, and initially perhaps even largely independent of visual inputs. Instead, somatosensory (tactile and proprioceptive) information both before and after birth may play a key part. In this paper, we propose that self-touch experience may be a fundamental mechanisms to bootstrap the formation of the sensorimotor self and perhaps even beyond. We will investigate this from the perspectives of phenomenology, developmental psychology, and neuroscience. In light of the evidence from fetus and infant development, we will speculate about the possible mechanisms that may drive the formation of first body representations drawing on self-touch experience.
Categories
PhilPapers/Archive ID
HOFTRO-12
Revision history
Archival date: 2017-12-21
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Phenomenology of Perception.Merleau-Ponty, M. & Smith, Colin
Phenomenology of Perception.Merleau-Ponty, Maurice

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
A Naturalistic Observation of Spontaneous Touches to the Body and Environment in the First 2 Months of Life.DiMercurio, Abigail; Connell, John P.; Clark, Matthew & Corbetta, Daniela

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2017-12-21

Total views
29 ( #38,259 of 42,388 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
13 ( #34,128 of 42,388 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.