A Multisensory Perspective on the Role of the Amygdala in Body Ownership



Reader AT & Crucianelli L (2019) A Multisensory Perspective on the Role of the Amygdala in Body Ownership. Journal of Neuroscience, 39 (39), pp. 7645-7647.

A sense of ownership over one's own body is essential for effective interaction with the world: acting upon objects or communicating with others relies on distinguishing between the parts of the world that constitute our self, and the parts of the world that do not. The sense of body ownership is frequently associated with activity in the ventral premotor cortex, intraparietal sulcus, and insula (Grivaz et al., 2017), and is believed to stem from multisensory integration (Ehrsson, 2012): congruent sensory signals are combined to provide a feeling of bodily self that is distinct from the surrounding environment. This is emphasized by the rubber hand illusion (RHI), in which synchronous, but not asynchronous, stroking of a rubber hand and the real hand (which is hidden from view) can induce a sense of ownership over the false limb (Botvinick and Cohen, 1998).

Journal of Neuroscience: Volume 39, Issue 39

Publication date25/09/2019
Publication date online25/09/2019
Date accepted by journal03/08/2019
PublisherSociety for Neuroscience

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Dr Arran Reader

Dr Arran Reader

Lecturer in Psychology, Psychology