Developing expertise in human body perception

Slaughter, Virginia, Heron-Delaney, Michelle and Christie, Tamara (2012). Developing expertise in human body perception. In Virginia Slaughter and Celia A. Brownell (Ed.), Early development of body representations (pp. 81-100) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

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Author Slaughter, Virginia
Heron-Delaney, Michelle
Christie, Tamara
Title of chapter Developing expertise in human body perception
Title of book Early development of body representations
Place of Publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series Cambridge Studies in Cognitive and Perceptual Development
ISBN 9780521763820
Editor Virginia Slaughter
Celia A. Brownell
Volume number 13
Chapter number 5
Start page 81
End page 100
Total pages 20
Total chapters 13
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Adults see the human body shape in all manner of stimuli, including highly abstract stick figures that barely specify the human body configuration and point-light displays (PLDs) that specify only the characteristic motion patterns of the human form. This capacity to quickly and effortlessly perceive the human form reflects our expertise at visually processing human bodies. In this chapter we will argue that expertise in perceiving bodies occurs by virtue of their ubiquity and social significance, not because of any kind of innate representation or privileged learning mechanism. We are claiming this because it is initially stimulus-dependent becoming more and more generalisable over time in a typical learning trajectory.
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