Can you Feel the Body that you See? On the Relationship Between Interoceptive Accuracy and Body-Image

Zamariola, Giorgia and Cardini, Flavia and Mian, Emanuele and Serino, Andrea and Tsakiris, Manos (2017) Can you Feel the Body that you See? On the Relationship Between Interoceptive Accuracy and Body-Image. Body Image, 20. pp. 130-136. ISSN 1873-6807

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Interoception and exteroception for body signals are two different ways of perceiving the self: the first from within, the second from outside. We investigated the relationship between Interoceptive Accuracy (IAcc) and external perception of the body and we tested if seeing the body from an external perspective can affect IAcc. Fifty-two healthy female subjects performed a standard heartbeat perception task to assess the IAcc, before and after the Body Image Revealer (BIR), which is a body perception task designed to assess the different aspects of body-image. The performance of the lower IAcc group in the heartbeat perception task significantly improved after the exteroceptive task. These findings highlight the relations between interoceptive and exteroceptive body-representations, supporting the view that these two kinds of awareness are linked and interact with each other.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Interoception, Interoceptive accuracy, Interoceptive awareness, Body-image, Body-awareness, Self-awareness
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Flavia Cardini
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 14:14
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:59

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