The Body Across the Lifespan
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  • Release Date: 2021-05-18
  • body representation
  • body schema
  • body structural representation
  • interoceptive sensibility
  • life span
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This video is adapted from 10.3390/brainsci11040493

The representation of one’s own body arises from the continuous and constant update of different information, coming from both internal and external sources[1],[2]. The interoceptive information plays a pivotal role in building higher-order cognitive body representations (BR) that neuropsychological and neuroimaging evidence classified in action-oriented and non-action oriented BR[3],[4]. This study aimed to explore the development of BR, considering the association with the interoceptive sensibility throughout the lifespan (from school-age childhood to old age). Results showed as the action- and non-action oriented BR would have an inverted u-shaped developmental curve during the lifespan, whose extremities the interoceptive awareness would play a significant role in affecting action-oriented body representation processing.

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Raimo, S.; Palermo, L.; Boccia, M.; Di Vita, A. The Body Across the Lifespan. Encyclopedia. Available online: (accessed on 12 April 2024).
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