Body perception is a popular topic of research at the moment. From small regions in ‘high level’ visual parts of the brain that seem statistically more enthusiastic to see pictures of your body from allocentric visual perspectives than egocentric. To emotional bodies that can be perceived but not seen, to expert bodies and avatars. One of the underlying assumptions of some of the body perception research is that there is a neural representation of a ‘self' and an ‘other’. In visual perception, the body is often conceived as an object, a high level animate object, but an object nonetheless
Interpretations of neuroimaging research, that have identified functionally distinct regions in the visual parts of the brain that respond selectively to faces and separately to headless bodies vary considerably. From the more functionally conservative interpretation; that these are groups of neurons that play some role in recognizing the human form, to the all inclusive accounts; that they are integral parts of a perception action system, and the more conceptually far reaching and exciting; they function to distinguish a ‘self ‘from an ‘other’. On all accounts the body is represented in the brain.