Thursday, June 30, 2016

Rubber Hand Illusion Aids Understanding Of Autism

I was completely fascinated towards the end of chapter 6 of our book "See What I'm Saying". The "rubber hand illusion" shows exactly how our minds can be manipulated by stimuli. In this experiment we trick our brains into thinking the rubber hand put forth in front of us is actually our own after feeling our true hand being stroked while watching the rubber hand also being stroked. While researching this topic further I came across an article of the same experiment but instead they use autistic individuals to try to better understand autism. Autistic people have a hard time with social and sensory and it is still unclear why that is. Researchers believe they can use this experiment to lead them to a better understanding of how the brain works in people with autism. The article is attached below.


  1. I agree that the rubber hand illusion is fascinating, and the article you posted showcased a really interesting application of it. I never made a connection between the rubber hand illusion and autism before now, and I think it is exciting that we are gaining a better understanding of how the brain is affected by autism. The rubber hand illusion has endless applications in psychological and medical fields.

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