Embodied: The psychology of physical sensation

Hardcover | December 9, 2015

byChristopher Eccleston

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Open any general textbook of psychology and the topic of perception will be covered in detail. However much of it will be about the big five senses - the senses we grew up learning about as children: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. The primacy of these sensations in our thinking andlearning is reflected in their cultural dominance. The big five dominate across cultures, religions and histories, Embodied is about how we experience our bodies and how our bodies experience the world; it is about physical sensation. Uniquely, each chapter focuses on a neglected physical sense - senses that we are only too happy to talk about in everyday life, yet have been neglected from the point of view ofserious psychological enquiry. While some have been studied more than others, compared to the big five, the ten bodily senses that form the heart of this book have been neglected for too long. Throughout, we see how these bodily sensations operate within extreme situations and are presented withpathological case studies providing insights into these sensations, their evolutionary purpose, and their physical bases. The sensations discussed include, amongst others, itch, balance, convulsion, balance, and proprioception.The result is a highly original and accessible exploration of the human body, one accessible to both students and lay readers.

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Open any general textbook of psychology and the topic of perception will be covered in detail. However much of it will be about the big five senses - the senses we grew up learning about as children: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. The primacy of these sensations in our thinking andlearning is reflected in their cultural dominanc...

Christopher Eccleston is in the Department for Health at the University of Bath, UK.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.1 inPublished:December 9, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198727909

ISBN - 13:9780198727903

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Table of Contents

1. The ten neglected senses2. Balance3. Movement4. Pressure5. Breathing6. Fatigue7. Pain8. Itch9. Temperature10. Appetite11. Expulsion12. Embodied and embedded