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The Role of Vision in Attributing the Sense of Part- and Full-Body Ownership During Anomalous Conditions
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Our bodies are arguably one of the most intimate things we will ever know. But the comfort of our own physical boundaries can be altered in various ways. In this analysis, we will look at how vision contributes to the sense of owning a body by analysing six abnormal conditions: the rubber hand illusion, phantom limbs, somatoparaphrenia, the body-swap illusion, out-of-body experiences, and heautoscopy. Examinations of these experimental or pathological conditions has granted a greater understanding of body-ownership. It was discovered that vision plays different modulatory roles, being more intricately involved in full-body ownership than in part-body ownership. Vision appears to be highly connected to self-location and first-person perspective, which both are contributing factors in projecting the sense of ownership to an external location. In part-body ownership, however, vision can be overruled by other senses, such as proprioception. Though it is still able to contribute to the illusion of projecting ownership and proprioceptive displacement to a rubber hand.

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2015. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
cognitive neuroscience, ownership, body-ownership, disownership, virtual reality, rubber-hand illusion, prosthetics, transhumanism, body image, vision, neuropsychology, visual consciousness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11363OAI: diva2:846539
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Cognitive Neuroscience
Educational program
Consciousness Studies - Philosophy and Neuropsychology
Available from: 2015-09-11 Created: 2015-08-17 Last updated: 2015-09-11Bibliographically approved

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