The experience of new sensorimotor contingencies by sensory augmentation

Autor(en): Kaspar, Kai 
Koenig, Sabine
Schwandt, Jessika
Koenig, Peter 
Stichwörter: BLIND; Content analysis; Embodied cognition; FeelSpace belt; Hedonic qualities; INTEGRATION; LOCALIZATION; PERCEPTION; Perceptual changes; PLASTICITY; PRIMARY VISUAL-CORTEX; Psychology; Psychology, Experimental; REPRESENTATION; RESPONSES; Sensorimotor contingencies; Sensory augmentation; STIMULATION; Subjective experiences; SUBSTITUTION; Usability
Erscheinungsdatum: 2014
Herausgeber: ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE
Journal: CONSCIOUSNESS AND COGNITION
Volumen: 28
Startseite: 47
Seitenende: 63
Zusammenfassung: 
Embedded in the paradigm of embodied cognition, the theory of sensorimotor contingencies (SMCs) proposes that motor actions and associated sensory stimulations are tied together by lawful relations termed SMCs. We aimed to investigate whether SMCs can be learned by means of sensory augmentation. Therefore we focused on related perceptual changes. Subjects trained for 7 weeks with the feelSpace belt mapping information of the magnetic north to vibrotactile stimulation around the waist. They experienced substantial changes in their space perception. The belt facilitated navigation and stimulated the usage of new navigation strategies. The belt's vibrating signal changed to a kind of spatial information over time while the belt's appeal and perceived usability increased. The belt also induced certain emotional states. Overall, the results show that learning new SMCs with this relatively small and usable device leads to profound perceptual and emotional changes, which are fully compatible with embodied theories of cognition. (C) 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/).
ISSN: 10538100
DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2014.06.006

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