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Understanding other individuals' actions is a fundamental component of social cognition (anticipating other's future actions and appropriately adjusting one's own behavior). Since representations of the body may facilitate infants' registration of the similarities between self and others, from a developmental perspective, acquiring body representations is important. The aim of this symposium is to discuss how body representation occurs in early human development and the neural and psychological mechanisms that underlie this development. The speakers here specialize in body representation development using neurophysiological and behavioral methodologies. This symposium will focus on the role of touch in early social interaction with caregivers. We assume that daily experience of mother-infant tacile interactions influence the infant's capacity to process somatosensory and propriocepive information, thus arousing their sense of body. Emphasis will also be placed upon bringing together these different levels of evidence between infants' brain and behavior in the development of their body representations.
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