Try This! Your Body in Your Mind’s Eye

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by Karen E. Kalumuck

Can you take a sip of water from a cup with your eyes closed? Will you spill the water all over yourself? Of course not! For most of us, this is a routine task that we don’t even have to think about. But how can you do this? Without vision, you can’t see the cup, or your hand propelling the water to your mouth, yet you don’t usually pour the water down your shirt or in your ears. Try this simple experiment to learn more about how you form mental images of your body’s position in space, independent of vision.