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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The relationship between referral of touch and the feeling of ownership in the rubber hand illusion
Author(s): Reader, Arran T
Trifonova, Victoria S
Ehrsson, H Henrik
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Keywords: body perception
limb ownership
multisensory integration
referral of touch
rubber hand illusion
Issue Date: 2021
Date Deposited: 11-Feb-2021
Citation: Reader AT, Trifonova VS & Ehrsson HH (2021) The relationship between referral of touch and the feeling of ownership in the rubber hand illusion. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, Art. No.: 629590.
Abstract: The rubber hand illusion (RHI) is one of the most commonly used paradigms to examine the sense of body ownership. Touches are synchronously applied to the real hand, hidden from view, and a false hand in an anatomically congruent position. During the illusion one may perceive that the feeling of touch arises from the false hand (referral of touch), and that the false hand is one's own. The relationship between referral of touch and body ownership in the illusion is unclear, and some articles average responses to statements addressing these experiences, which may be inappropriate depending on the research question of interest. To address these concerns, we re-analyzed three freely available datasets to better understand the relationship between referral of touch and feeling of ownership in the RHI. We found that most participants who report a feeling of ownership also report referral of touch, and that referral of touch and ownership show a moderately strong positive relationship that was highly replicable. In addition, referral of touch tends to be reported more strongly and more frequently than the feeling of ownership over the hand. The former observations confirm that referral of touch and ownership are related experiences in the RHI. The latter, however, indicate that when pooling the statements one may obtain a higher number of illusion ‘responders’ compared to considering the ownership statements in isolation. These results have implications for the RHI as an experimental paradigm.
DOI Link: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.629590
Rights: © 2021 Reader, Trifonova and Ehrsson. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY - The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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