The role of knowledge has long been seen as problematic in the sensorimotor approach to experience. I offer an amended version of the sensorimotor approach, which replaces knowledge with what I call 'sensorimotor empathy'. Sensorimotor empathy is implicit, sometimes unintentional, skilful perceptual and motor coordination with objects and other people. I argue that sensorimotor empathy is the foundation of social coordination, and the key to understanding our conscious experience. I also explain how sensorimotor empathy can be operationalized and studied in the lab, in terms of interpersonal synergies.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Departments of Philosophy and Psychology, University of Cincinnati, USA., Email: [email protected]
Publication date: 01 January 2016