I'm a believer: Illusory self-generated touch elicits sensory attenuation and somatosensory evoked potentials similar to the real self-touch

Maria Pyasik, Irene Ronga, Dalila Burin, Adriana Salatino, Pietro Sarasso, Francesca Garbarini, Raffaella Ricci, Lorenzo Pia

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Abstract

Sensory attenuation (i.e., the phenomenon whereby self-produced sensations are perceived as less intense compared to externally occurring ones) is among the neurocognitive processes that help distinguishing ourselves from others. It is thought to be rooted in the motor system (e.g., related to motor intention and prediction), while the role of body awareness, which necessarily accompanies any voluntary movement, in this phenomenon is largely unknown. To fill this gap, here we compared the perceived intensity, somatosensory evoked potentials, and alpha-band desynchronization for self-generated, other-generated, and embodied-fake-hand-generated somatosensory stimuli. We showed that sensory attenuation triggered by the own hand and by the embodied fake hand had the same behavioral and neurophysiological signatures (reduced subjective intensity, reduced of N140 and P200 SEP components and post-stimulus alpha-band desynchronization). Therefore, signals subserving body ownership influenced attenuation of somatosensory stimuli, possibly in a postdictive manner. This indicates that body ownership is crucial for distinguishing the source of the perceived sensations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117727
JournalNeuroImage
Volume229
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Apr 1

Keywords

  • Body ownership
  • Sense of agency
  • Sensory attenuation
  • Somatosensory evoked potentials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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