Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Our Sense of Body Ownership

The rubber hand illusion, as well as the out-of-body experience explained in chapter 6, led me to question the components that allow us a sense of body ownership. We know from the rubber hand illusion that visual and tactile input together, synchronously creating an illusion, can trick our brains into feeling as if the rubber hand is our own. It appears as though the movement (the synchronous stroking) in both of the aforementioned experiments was critical to creating a false sense of body ownership. Our own movement, or action, is intimately connected to our sense of body ownership– we know what is part of our body from our conscious control over it. The article I’m linking explores our sense of body ownership, suggesting that action is critical to self-recognition, which is a key component of ownership.  


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