"Rubber hand" illusion reveals how brain maps the body

08/27/2013 | Guardian (London), The

Human and monkey experiments with the "rubber hand" illusion, which involve using visual and touch cues to trick the brain into thinking an artificial hand is the real hand, reveal that the brain uses a process of multisensory integration, in which sight combines with both touch and muscle sense to provide a physical sense of ourselves, or a body map. These studies suggest that vision can actually control specialized touch neurons, which has important implications for development of advanced prosthetic devices.

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