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Experimental Psychology (Russia)

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Equivalence of the Classical Rubber Hand Illusion and the Virtual Hand Illusion 154


Vorobeva V.P.
Student, Department of Neuro- and Pathopsychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Perepelkina O.S.
PhD Student, Department of Neuro- and Pathopsychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Arina G.A.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Neuro- and Pathopsychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Computer technologies implementation into the body illusions research is increasing because they allow to controllably model complex processes that cannot be realised in ordinary life. It was previously demonstrated that the rubber hand illusion may be reconstructed in the virtual setting and cause similar changes in the somatoperception when the virtual hand begins to feel like your own. This result suggests that the phenomenological experience obtained in the classical illusion and in its virtual reality version has much in common. However, a direct experimental comparison of the two illusion variants has not been made, therefore, in this research we studied the equivalence of the rubber and virtual hand illusions (RHI and VHI). The sample consisted of 16 subjects (18—25 years). As registration methods we used a subjective sense of ownership of an artificial limb and the proprioceptive drift of the real hand towards the illusory hand. The analysis has proved the equivalence of illusions.

Keywords: body perception, multisensory integration, body illusions, rubber hand illusion, virtual reality

Column: Mental Processes and Digital Environment


For Reference


This work was supported by the RFBR grant № 16-36-00394 mol_a.


The authors are grateful to D.V. Romanov and Kozhevnikov clinic of nervous diseases for their assistance in the research, to A. Bobkov for software development, to A. Vasilyev for providing experimental equipment as well as to all the participants of the study.

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