Body Maps (BSP 21)

Featured in this episode: The Body has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better (2007), by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee. (Also available on from

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  • Body Maps and the role of embodiment

  • Basic ideas about the body maps in the brain

  • Mapping the world around us

  • How Body maps differ between species

  • Body Schema and Body image

  • The role of body maps in disease

  • The role of belief in health and illness

  • How body maps explain non-traditional healing methods and unusual experiences

  • The role of motor imagery in improving motor skills

  • Mirror Neurons

  • Place and grid neurons in the hippocampus (see more on Scholarpedia)

  • How sensation and emotions come together (the role of the insula)

Scientists mentioned in the podcast:

Other scientists mentioned in The Body has a Mind of Its Own:

Note: This list is not exhaustive. I know I left off VS Ramachandran and several others, but those listed above did work that was addressed, directly or indirectly, in my podcast.

Brain Structures (links include diagrams of the brain):

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