Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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Perepelkina O.S., Arina G.A., Nikolaeva V.V. Bodily illusions: phenomenology, mechanisms, experimental models

Full text in Russian: Перепелкина О.С., Арина Г.А., Николаева В.В. Телесные иллюзии: феноменология, механизмы, экспериментальные модели
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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The article reviews bodily illusion studies. Bodily illusions are multisensory phenomena that occur in somatosensory system as a result of special perception conditions. Experimental models of these illusions and underlying body perception mechanisms are summarized. Local illusions (“rubber hand illusion”, “enfacement illusion”, etc.), and full body illusions (“body-swap illusion”, “out-of-body-experience”, etc.) are described. Experiments are grouped by major body scheme changes: artificial object ownership; body characteristics distortion; body schema element adding (doubling). Phenomena observed during these experiments are compared with various neurological and psychopathological symptoms of body perception.

Keywords: psychology of corporeality, a body perception, multisensory integration, a body image, a body scheme, sense of body ownership, bodily illusions, rubber hand illusion


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Received 26 September 2014. Date of publication: 31 December 2014.

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Perepelkina Olga S. Ph.D. student, Department of Neuro- and Pathopsychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11–9, 125009 Moscow, Russia; Research Associate, Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, ul. Ostrovityanova, 1, 117997 Moscow, Russia.
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Arina Galina A. Senior Lecturer, Department of Neuro- and Pathopsychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul.&ndashMokhovaya, 11–9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Nikolaeva Valentina V. Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuro- and Pathopsychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Mokhovaya ul., 11/9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.

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Perepelkina O.S., Arina G.A., Nikolaeva V.V. Bodily illusions: phenomenology, mechanisms, experimental models. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 38, p. 9. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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