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The bodily social self: a link between phenomenal and narrative selfhood

The bodily social self: a link between phenomenal and narrative selfhood

Farmer, Harry ORCID: 0000-0002-3684-0605 and Tsakiris, Manos (2012) The bodily social self: a link between phenomenal and narrative selfhood. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 3 (1). pp. 125-144. ISSN 1878-5158 (Print), 1878-5166 (Online) (doi:

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The Phenomenal Self (PS) is widely considered to be dependent on body representations, whereas the Narrative Self (NS) is generally thought to rely on abstract cognitive representations. The concept of the Bodily Social Self (BSS) might play an important role in explaining how the high level cognitive self-representations enabling the NS might emerge from the bodily basis of the PS. First, the phenomenal self (PS) and narrative self (NS), are briefly examined. Next, the BSS is defined and its potential for explaining aspects of social cognition is explored. The minimal requirements for a BSS are considered, before reviewing empirical evidence regarding the development of the BSS over the first year of life. Finally, evidence on the involvement of the body in social distinctions between self and other is reviewed to illustrate how the BSS is affected by both the bottom up effects of multisensory stimulation and the top down effects of social identification.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social cognition, joint attention, tactile stimulation, social partner, mirror system
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 12:05
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