The cerebral genesis of body image: some considerations about phantom-limbs in Ramachandran

Sergio Gomes da Silva

The body image problems, as provided by "phantom limbs", took most studies of Indian neurologist V. S. Ramachandran. His work, through psychophysical tests and functional imaging studies in patients with "phantom limbs", demonstrated the "neural plasticity" or "cortical plasticity" in the adult human brain. This paper aims to examine the construction of body image, the inner life and the "self" from the Ramachandran neurological approaches on the phenomenon of "phantom limbs." We supports the idea that although the author presents new subjective and narrative descriptions of mind, the subjective experience and the construction of body image should also be explained in terms of the body-environment or body-world relationship, in which the role language and self-narratives stand out.

phantom limbs; Ramachandran; body image; brain; neurology


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