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The Hand

Perception, Cognition, Action

  • Marta Bertolaso
  • Nicola Di Stefano

Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. From Action to Cognition, from Cognition to Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Laura Sparaci, Virginia Volterra
      Pages 29-54
    3. Fabrizio Taffoni, Eugenia Polizzi di Sorrentino, Gloria Sabbatini, Domenico Formica, Valentina Truppa
      Pages 55-73
    4. Anna Lisa Ciancio, Francesca Cordella, Klaus-Peter Hoffmann, Andreas Schneider, Eugenio Guglielmelli, Loredana Zollo
      Pages 75-95
  3. The Hand, Human Identity and Creativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Xavier Escribano, Albert Pérez-Bellmunt
      Pages 127-145
    3. Maria Pia Chirinos
      Pages 147-161
    4. Sixto J. Castro
      Pages 163-173
    5. Marc Leman, Luc Nijs, Nicola Di Stefano
      Pages 175-192

About this book


Drawing on shared research experiences and collaborative projects, this book offers a broad and timely perspective on research on the hand and its current challenges. It especially emphasizes the interdisciplinary context in which researchers need to be trained in contemporary science. From language to psychology, from neurology to the social sciences, and from art to philosophy and religion, the chapters discuss various aspects involved in hand research and therapy. On the basis of concrete and validated case studies, they approach hand function and gestures from different perspectives – not only neurological and medical, but also philosophical, evolutionary and anthropological. By highlighting the overlaps between different areas of research, the book seeks to foster better communication between researchers, and ultimately a better understanding of hand function and its recovery. It offers essential information and inspirations for students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of psychology, epistemology, bioengineering, neuroscience, anthropology and bioethics.


Bio-medical Humanities in Scientific Practice Hand Control and Sensory Feedback Tactile Perception Neural Interfaces Hand and Human Communication Gestures and Signs Children’s Object Manipulation Hand Mediated Social Interaction Children’s Motor Development Upper-limb Prosthetics Hand and Music Expression

Editors and affiliations

  • Marta Bertolaso
    • 1
  • Nicola Di Stefano
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological PracticeUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di RomaRomeItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological PracticeUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di RomaRomeItaly

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