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The rubber hand illusion in a mirror.
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PMID:  21536458     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In the rubber hand illusion (RHI) one's hand is hidden, and a fake hand is visible. We explored the situation in which visual information was available indirectly in a mirror. In the mirror condition, compared to the standard condition (fake hand visible directly), we found no reduction of the RHI following synchronised stimulation, as measured by crossmanual pointing and by a questionnaire. We replicated the finding with a smaller mirror that prevented visibility of the face. The RHI was eliminated when a wooden block replaced the fake hand, or when the hand belonged to another person or mannequin. We conclude that awareness of the reflection is the critical variable, despite the distant visual localisation of the hand in a mirror and the third-person perspective. Stimuli seen in a mirror activate the same response as stimuli seen in peripersonal space, through knowledge that they are near one's body.
Marco Bertamini; Nausicaa Berselli; Carole Bode; Rebecca Lawson; Li Ting Wong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Consciousness and cognition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1090-2376     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-5-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9303140     Medline TA:  Conscious Cogn     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
School of Psychology, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.
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