The Homuncular Jigsaw: Investigations of Phantom Limb and Body Awareness Following Brachial Plexus Block or Avulsion

@inproceedings{Pazzaglia2019TheHJ,
  title={The Homuncular Jigsaw: Investigations of Phantom Limb and Body Awareness Following Brachial Plexus Block or Avulsion},
  author={Mariella Pazzaglia and Erik Leemhuis and Anna Maria Giannini and Patrick Haggard},
  booktitle={Journal of clinical medicine},
  year={2019}
}
Many neuropsychological theories agree that the brain maintains a relatively persistent representation of one's own body, as indicated by vivid "phantom" experiences. It remains unclear how the loss of sensory and motor information contributes to the presence of this representation. Here, we focus on new empirical and theoretical evidence of phantom sensations following damage to or an anesthetic block of the brachial plexus. We suggest a crucial role of this structure in understanding the… CONTINUE READING
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