Synchronous multisensory stimulation blurs self-other boundaries.

  title={Synchronous multisensory stimulation blurs self-other boundaries.},
  author={M. e Paladino and Mara Mazzurega and Francesco Pavani and Thomas W. Schubert},
  journal={Psychological science},
  volume={21 9},
In a study that builds on recent cognitive neuroscience research on body perception and social psychology research on social relations, we tested the hypothesis that synchronous multisensory stimulation leads to self-other merging. We brushed the cheek of each study participant as he or she watched a stranger's cheek being brushed in the same way, either in synchrony or in asynchrony. We found that this multisensory procedure had an effect on participants' body perception as well as social… CONTINUE READING
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