Synaesthesia in phantom limbs induced with mirrors

  title={Synaesthesia in phantom limbs induced with mirrors},
  author={V. Ramachandran and D. Rogers-Ramachandran},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={377 - 386}
  • V. Ramachandran, D. Rogers-Ramachandran
  • Published 1996
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
  • Although there is a vast clinical literature on phantom limbs, there have been no experimental studies on the effects of visual input on phantom sensations. We introduce an inexpensive new device - a ‘virtual reality box’ - to resurrect the phantom visually to study such inter-sensory effects. A mirror is placed vertically on the table so that the mirror reflection of the patient’s intact hand is ‘superimposed’ on the felt position of the phantom. We used this procedure on ten patients and… CONTINUE READING
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