Monday, June 22, 2009

How the Brain Treats Tools as Body Parts

This article on the Brain and tools as temporary body parts reports on some interesting research about body schemata.

"Data presented in this review support the idea that tools, by enabling us to extend our reaching space, can become incorporated into a plastic neural representation of our body." Indeed, "humans might have such neural machinery present in the brain from birth or early in life, whereas lower primates seem to need a period of raining to induce behavioural learning ..."

This certainly has implications on the way we use typewriters and software.

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