the baby in the mirror

Maps in the brain

41490_bigImage by kerim via Flickr

I’m fascinated by this new post on the Psychology Today blogs, which suggests that children’s drawings of the human body might tell us something about how the body is represented in the brain. The idea is that kids’¬†characteristic distortions of the human shape, when they pick up a pencil to draw, reflect the varying importance of different body parts in their perception of the world. Children overemphasise hands, face and mouth because that’s where they sense the world most vividly, with the result that their pictures look oddly like the somatosensory maps that neurobiologists have described in the brain. What do readers think?

1 comment on “Maps in the brain

  1. Charles Fernyhough

    Thanks for posting this – great fun! It made me think of the research on gender identity where young children deny that you can still be the same gender when you switch to wearing the other gender's clothes. So if a boy starts wearing a dress, then he will be a girl…


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