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Evaluating initial usability of a hand augmentation device across a large and diverse sample. (2024)
Journal Article
Clode, D., Dowdall, L., da Silva, E., Selén, K., Cowie, D., Dominijanni, G., & Makin, T. R. (2024). Evaluating initial usability of a hand augmentation device across a large and diverse sample. Science Robotics, 9(90), Article eadk5183. https://doi.org/10.1126/scirobotics.adk5183

The advancement of motor augmentation and the broader domain of human-machine interaction rely on a seamless integration with users' physical and cognitive capabilities. These considerations may markedly fluctuate among individuals on the basis of th... Read More about Evaluating initial usability of a hand augmentation device across a large and diverse sample..

The role of visuomotor synchrony on virtual full‐body illusions in children and adults (2024)
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Dewe, H., Sill, O., Thurlbeck, S., Kentridge, R., & Cowie, D. (2024). The role of visuomotor synchrony on virtual full‐body illusions in children and adults. Journal of Neuropsychology, https://doi.org/10.1111/jnp.12372

The present study explored the effects of visuomotor synchrony in virtual reality during the embodiment of a full human avatar in children (aged 5–6 years) and adults. Participants viewed their virtual bodies from a first‐person perspective while the... Read More about The role of visuomotor synchrony on virtual full‐body illusions in children and adults.

Lifelong learning of cognitive styles for physical problem-solving: The effect of embodied experience (2023)
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Allen, K. R., Smith, K. A., Bird, L., Tenenbaum, J. B., Makin, T. R., & Cowie, D. (2023). Lifelong learning of cognitive styles for physical problem-solving: The effect of embodied experience. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-023-02400-4

‘Embodied cognition’ suggests that our bodily experiences broadly shape our cognitive capabilities. We study how embodied experience affects the abstract physical problem-solving styles people use in a virtual task where embodiment does not affect ac... Read More about Lifelong learning of cognitive styles for physical problem-solving: The effect of embodied experience.

Own-Body Perception (2022)
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Cowie, D. (in press). Own-Body Perception. [[Media unknown]]

Alice in Wonderland: The effects of body size and movement on children’s size perception and body representation in virtual reality (2022)
Journal Article

Previous work shows that in adults, illusory embodiment of a virtual avatar can be induced using congruent visuomotor cues. Furthermore, embodying different-sized avatars influences adults’ perception of their environment’s size. This study (N = 92)... Read More about Alice in Wonderland: The effects of body size and movement on children’s size perception and body representation in virtual reality.

My virtual self: the role of movement in children's sense of embodiment (2021)
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Dewe, H., Gottwald, J., Bird, L., Brenton, H., Gillies, M., & Cowie, D. (2022). My virtual self: the role of movement in children's sense of embodiment. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 28(12), 4061-4072. https://doi.org/10.1109/tvcg.2021.3073906

There are vast potential applications for children's entertainment and education with modern virtual reality (VR) experiences, yet we know very little about how the movement or form of such a virtual body can influence children's feelings of control... Read More about My virtual self: the role of movement in children's sense of embodiment.

Mind your step: learning to walk in complex environments (2020)
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Mowbray, R., & Cowie, D. (2020). Mind your step: learning to walk in complex environments. Experimental Brain Research, 238(6), 1455-1465. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-020-05821-y

In everyday contexts, children must respond to both self-related constraints (their own skills and abilities) and environmental constraints (external obstacles and goals). How do young children simultaneously accommodate these to support skilled and... Read More about Mind your step: learning to walk in complex environments.

My body until proven otherwise: Exploring the time course of the full body illusion (2020)
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Keenaghan, S., Bowles, L., Crawfurd, G., Thurlbeck, S., Kentridge, R. W., & Cowie, D. (2020). My body until proven otherwise: Exploring the time course of the full body illusion. Consciousness and Cognition, 78, Article 102882. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2020.102882

Evidence from the Full Body Illusion (FBI) has shown that adults can embody full bodies which are not their own when they move synchronously with their own body or are viewed from a first-person perspective. However, there is currently no consensus r... Read More about My body until proven otherwise: Exploring the time course of the full body illusion.

The developing bodily self: How posture constrains body representation in childhood (2020)
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Gottwald, J., Keenaghan, S., Zampieri, E., Tosodduk, H., Bremner, A., & Cowie, D. (2020). The developing bodily self: How posture constrains body representation in childhood. Child Development, 92(1), 351-366. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13425

Adults’ body representation is constrained by multisensory information and knowledge of the body such as its possible postures. This study (N = 180) tested for similar constraints in children. Using the rubber hand illusion with adults and 6- to 7-ye... Read More about The developing bodily self: How posture constrains body representation in childhood.

The flexible Action System: Click-based Echolocation may replace certain visual Functionality for adaptive Walking (2019)
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Thaler, L., Zhang, X., Antoniou, M., Kish, D., & Cowie, D. (2020). The flexible Action System: Click-based Echolocation may replace certain visual Functionality for adaptive Walking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 46(1), 21-35. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000697

People use sensory, in particular visual, information to guide actions such as walking around obstacles, grasping or reaching. However, it is presently unclear how malleable the sensorimotor system is. The present study investigated this by measuring... Read More about The flexible Action System: Click-based Echolocation may replace certain visual Functionality for adaptive Walking.

The development of visually guided stepping (2019)
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Mowbray, R., Gottwald, J., Zhao, M., Atkinson, A., & Cowie, D. (2019). The development of visually guided stepping. Experimental Brain Research, 237(11), 2875-2883. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-019-05629-5

Adults use vision during stepping and walking to fine-tune foot placement. However, the developmental profile of visually guided stepping is unclear. We asked (1) whether children use online vision to fine-tune precise steps and (2) whether preci- si... Read More about The development of visually guided stepping.

Does the language we use to segment the body, shape the way we perceive it? A study of tactile perceptual distortions (2019)
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Knight, F. L. C., Bremner, A. J., & Cowie, D. (2019). Does the language we use to segment the body, shape the way we perceive it? A study of tactile perceptual distortions. Cognition, 197, Article 104127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.104127

Tactile perception is referenced to, and modulated by, body parts and their boundaries. For example, tactile distances presented over the wrist are perceptually elongated relative to those presented within the hand or arm. This phenomenon is argued t... Read More about Does the language we use to segment the body, shape the way we perceive it? A study of tactile perceptual distortions.

My true face: Unmasking one's own face representation (2018)
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Mora, L., Cowie, D., Banissy, M. J., & Cocchini, G. (2018). My true face: Unmasking one's own face representation. Acta Psychologica, 191, 63-68. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.08.014

Face recognition has been the focus of multiple studies, but little is still known on how we represent the structure of one's own face. Most of the studies have focused on the topic of visual and haptic face recognition, but the metric representation... Read More about My true face: Unmasking one's own face representation.

The development of bodily self-consciousness: Changing responses to the Full Body Illusion in childhood (2017)
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Cowie, D., McKenna, A., Bremner, A., & Aspell, J. (2018). The development of bodily self-consciousness: Changing responses to the Full Body Illusion in childhood. Developmental Science, 21(3), Article e12557. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12557

The present work investigates the development of bodily self-consciousness and its relation to multisensory bodily information, by measuring for the first time the development of responses to the full body illusion in childhood. We tested three age g... Read More about The development of bodily self-consciousness: Changing responses to the Full Body Illusion in childhood.

Part-based representations of the body in early childhood: evidence from perceived distortions of tactile space across limb boundaries (2016)
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Le Cornu Knight, F., Cowie, D., & Bremner, A. (2017). Part-based representations of the body in early childhood: evidence from perceived distortions of tactile space across limb boundaries. Developmental Science, 20(6), Article e12439. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12439

Studies show that touch in adults is referenced to a representation of the body that is structured topologically according to body parts; the perceived distance between two stimuli crossing over a body part boundary is elongated relative to the perce... Read More about Part-based representations of the body in early childhood: evidence from perceived distortions of tactile space across limb boundaries.

Specialization of the motor system in infancy: From broad tuning to selectively specialized purposeful actions (2016)
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D'Souza, H., Cowie, D., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Bremner, A. (2016). Specialization of the motor system in infancy: From broad tuning to selectively specialized purposeful actions. Developmental Science, 20(4), Article e12409. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12409

In executing purposeful actions, adults select sufficient and necessary limbs. But infants often move goal-irrelevant limbs, suggesting a developmental process of motor specialization. Two experiments with 9- and 12-month-olds revealed gradual decrea... Read More about Specialization of the motor system in infancy: From broad tuning to selectively specialized purposeful actions.

The development of multisensory body representation and awareness continues to 10 years of age: evidence from the rubber hand illusion (2015)
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Cowie, D., Sterling, S., & Bremner, A. (2016). The development of multisensory body representation and awareness continues to 10 years of age: evidence from the rubber hand illusion. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 142, 230-238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2015.10.003

Recent research using the “rubber hand illusion” shows that the multisensory processes underlying body representations are markedly different in children of 4 to 9 years and adults. In representing the position of their own hand in external space, ch... Read More about The development of multisensory body representation and awareness continues to 10 years of age: evidence from the rubber hand illusion.