Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience

Peripersonal perception

Philosophy of perception has often been accused to analyse perception exclusively on the model of vision, but it is also guilty of focusing on the perception of far space, neglecting the possibility that the perception of the space immediately surrounding the body, which is known as peripersonal space, displays different properties. Peripersonal space is the space in which the world is literally at hand for interaction. It is also the space in which the world can become threatening and dangerous, requiring protective behaviours. Research in cognitive psychology has recently yielded a vast array of exciting discoveries on its multisensory, sensorimotor, and dynamic specificities. Yet very little has been done on their implications. Here I will explore the following question: in what manner does the visual experience of a snake close to my foot differ from the visual experience of the moon in the sky?