The “I” of Architectonic Perception: Own Body Perception and Bodily Feelings in Architetonic Space

Sep 20, 2012

Emotional aspects of extra-personal space with respect to bodily feelings and architectonic space have been argued in the past. However, knowledge about how the interference of multisensory mechanisms with architecture may contribute to the human experience of the environment has remained sparse. Here, the authors address the question of how strongly tectonic elements, i.e., the walls, or a modulation of the architectonic interiors, contribute to evoking specific bodily states.
How does the shape of the architectonic interior modulate self-identification and self-location with respect to visuo-tactile association? Overall, the researchers found the effectively perceived geometries of the interiors to depend on the position of the visual stimulus in the extra- or peri-personal space of the observer.
(Conference Poster)

Isabella Pasqualini (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Switzerland)
Joan Llobera (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Switzerland)
Olaf Blanke (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Switzerland; Geneva University Hospital)
Presented at: 
2012 ANFA Conference (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture

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