Can Another Body Be Seen as an
Extension of Your Own?
1 The relationship between a
person’s notion of self-hood
and the openness of their
body schema to another
human being hints that
perhaps it’s no coincidence
that tango, which takes
entanglement to sublime
heights, originated in a culture
that orients toward
2 “speak in awe of the way that individuality
dissolves into a meditative unity for the
three minutes that the dance lasts. Time and
space give way to a unique moment of
presence, of flow within and between
3 In this article some people have the interest to
investigate how two different people can make a
magnificent conection to create a dance.
4 They look how this people are connected and how
their minds are conected being two different
5 And look how they can be only one.
6 At the heart of the puzzle is the notion of a body
schema—a mental representation of the physical self
that allows us to navigate through space without
smashing into things.
7 Tests show that participants extended their body schemas
to incorporate a partner’s body part when it had been
involved in a jointly coordinated activity.