Sensation of Movement

May 1, 2015
Rethinking the Senses (AHRC project), Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Room G34/Gordon Room
Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom


Mark Schram Christiansen
University of Copenhagen
Thor Grünbaum
University of Copenhagen

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This is a one-day workshop organised by Mark Schram Christiansen and Thor Grünbaum (University of Copenhagen) in collaboration with the Rethinking the Senses AHRC project.

Sensation of one’s own movements depends on a plethora of information ranging from signalling in peripheral sensory organs to establishment of higher order goals for one’s movements. But whether one type of information is more relevant than others for the ability to sense and control movements and accomplish specific goals with ease and grace is not known. With this workshop we encourage the integration of neuro-scientific knowledge with psychological and philosophical perspectives, in order to arrive at new insights into how sensation of movement can be studied scientifically. By combining knowledge from different fields of research, the workshop will hopefully inspire others to study new aspects of sensation of movement, which have not previously been addressed.

The aim of the workshop is to address in an interdisciplinary forum central questions, such as:

  • Are kinaesthetic sensation and sensation of movement synonyms, and how are the terms used in different scientific communities? Do they cover the same physiological (and/or psychological) mechanism?
  • How does Bayesian prediction influence sensation of movement and is the efferent vs. afferent separation something that still should be considered a topic of discussion?
  • How can sensation of movement be studied indirectly besides introspective reports?
  • What do various forms of illusions of movement tell about the normal function?
  • What is the relationship between information about movement and sense of movement? How do deafferented patients help us explaining this distinction?
  • What is monitored by sensation of movement: Kinematical parameters, effort, ease, intentions, goals, results, success, or performance?
  • Is sensation of movement experienced differently by subjects with congenital or acquired disabilities? And if so, how should that knowledge be incorporated into clinical practice?
  • What are the physiological and cognitive differences between sensation of passive and active movements? How categorically distinct are passively and actively produced movement?


10:00-10:30         Welcome & tea/coffee

10:30-11:30         Anne Kavounoudias (Aix-Marseille Université): Sensation of Movement: A Multimodal Perception

11:30-12:30         Andreas Kalckert (Karolinska Instituttet, Stockholm): Moving the Body: The Experience of Ownership and Agency in Bodily Self-recognition

12:30-13:30         Myrto Mylopoulos (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris): Is There a Bodily Sensation of Agency?

13:30-14:30         Lunch (own arrangements)

14:30-15:30         Mark Schram Christensen & Thor Grünbaum (University of Copenhagen): Did I Stay or Did I Go?

15:30-16:30         Hong Yu Wong (CIN, Tubingen): Proprioception and Kinaesthesia in the Sense of Agency

16:30-17:00         Tea/coffee break

17:00-18:00         Matthew Longo (Birkbeck, University of London): Distorted Body Representations in Action

18:00                  Workshop close

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