These include stimulation of the body with vibrations that alter
propioception, so that, for example, an arm feels displaced, shortened, or
On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 9:06 AM, Martin Rieser <email@example.com>wrote:
> It be timely to consider the little-known embedded bodily sense of
> Proprioception where the briain maps the orientation and movement of our
> body and limbs-especially in an age of mobile phones armed with compasses
> and accelerometers-the case of Ian Waterman should give us all pause when
> discussing multisensory perception:
> *Loss Of Proprioception- The Case of Ian Waterman *
> *At the tender age of only nineteen, Ian Waterman became sick with a viral
> diarrhoea which slowly began to diminish his co-ordination. When he was
> eventually taken into hospital, he was initially thought to be drunk; his
> speech had become slurred and he could neither walk nor maintain an upright
> position. Things, from then on, progressively became worse, culminating at
> stage where he no longer had any control whatsoever over his own bodily
> movements.The virus had cause him to lose all sense of touch and
> proprioception from the neck down. He could initiate a movement but did not
> have any control over it or where it happened. All of the large sensory
> nerves and receptors had been destroyed and, as such, were no longer
> the relevant information to his brain to maintain and update his body
> schema. This meant that he could be lying on the bed and yet not feel his
> body at all, and if he did not look at them, he could not tell where his
> arms or legs, or any other part of his body, were at any given time. *
> *Through constant concentration and visual input, Ian Waterman, slowly
> learnt to move again. He was able to do so by planning, and concentrating
> on, every movement his body had to make in order to produce the desired
> action. However, in doing so, he found he could only do one thing at a
> It took so much concentration just to move one leg, that he could not move
> his arm simultaneously, for then the concentration would have to shift to
> his arm, and he would lose control of his leg. Moreover, if he was to,
> we say, hold an egg, he could not walk at the same time. His concentration
> would have to shift to the act of walking and would, in turn, leave nothing
> for the task of holding the egg. Without being able to concentrate on the
> act of holding the egg, it would either be crushed or dropped.*
> *Ian Waterman never fully recovered but did learn to deal with his problems
> in a rather incredible way. He can walk, drive, and maintain a normal job.
> However, the above problems still stand and every action is the result of
> unfaltering planning and concentration. Simple movements and sensations,
> that we are normally unconscious of and that we all take for granted,
> suddenly become very complex without proprioception as this case clearly
> shows. *
> On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 4:43 PM, nina czegledy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Dear Yasminers,
> > It a great pleasure to introduce the Multisensory Perception
> > discussion, its leaders Raewyn Turner and Richard Newcombe.
> > and respondents Sergio Basbaum, Jenny Marketou, Hilda Kozari
> > and Ian Ferguson
> > I have initiated this theme due to my long time interest in
> > spatial and multisensory perception. While I will remain in
> > the background of this conversation, I post a few introductory
> > lines based on my previous research on the subject.
> > Sensory awareness presents a key factor in our existence and
> > relates significantly to social and cultural developments of direct and
> > instantaneous communication.
> > In our visually and auditory privileged world we take it for granted that
> > vision and sound provide the major source of sensory information.
> > This belief is due to the generally accepted rule that our sensations
> > to be dominated by the perceptual tool that provides the most reliable
> > facts
> > in relation to our surroundings. Vision in this case is considered to
> > provide
> > the most detailed information about significant properties of objects in
> > our
> > environment. Auditory or olfactory spaces seem to have different
> > and while they belong to our most basic senses, are less considered in
> > industrialized societies. Tactile space is viewed as "friendly" maybe
> > because
> > touching implies intimacy - a controversial notion in an age when direct
> > contact
> > is increasingly replaced by remote control devices. For the longest time
> > our
> > senses were considered entirely autonomous 'perceptual modules', each
> > functioning independently. Recent studies have shown however, that our
> > perceptual experiences are formed by manifold, complex interactions
> > sensory modalities. Clinical tests indicate that the senses are not only
> > fundamentally connected but also that our perception of visual, auditory
> > tactile events can be altered dramatically by information from other
> > senses.
> > Invariably, the different zones of human existence include physical,
> > psychological and spiritual spaces, whilst it remains to bee seen how
> > this contributes to a fundamental shift in human perception, technologies
> > have a significant impact on our spatial awareness in ways that artistic
> > and
> > creative practices are just beginning to tease out.
> > The next post is from Raewyn Turner and Richard Newcombe.
> > Looking forward with great expectations to contributions.
> > nina czegledy
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