Reading about the rubber hand illusion led me to think about phantom limb syndrome, and how similar they are in terms of brain processes and conscious reactions. The rubber hand illusion is a non-painful experiment that replaces someone's real limb with the sight of a fake, rubber limb. After a few minutes of stroking the rubber limb, the person begins to experience sensations, feeling as though the rubber limb is real. This is because the brain reorganizes itself to compensate for the original missing limb. The same happens in phantom limb syndrome. The limb that no longer exists often "hurts" or is in pain. One temporary cure for this phantom pain is to place a mirror parallel to the intact limb, so that it looks as though there are two limbs. This allows the brain to reorganize itself and eliminates the pain. The brain's plasticity is intriguing and presents new and exciting theories every day. Below I have attached a video that explains the mirror therapy for phantom limb syndrome.