On the relation between body ownership and sense of agency: A link at the level of sensory-related signals

Maria Pyasik, Dalila Burin, Lorenzo Pia

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Abstract

The relation between sense of body ownership and sense of agency is still highly debated. Here we investigated in a large sample of healthy participants the associations between several implicit and explicit indexes of the two senses. Specifically, we examined the correlations between proprioceptive shift (implicit measure) and questionnaire on the subjective experience of ownership (explicit measure) within the rubber hand illusion paradigm (body ownership), and intentional binding (implicit measure), attenuation of the intensity of auditory outcomes of actions (implicit measure) and questionnaire on the subjective experience of authorship (explicit measure) within the Libet's clock paradigm (sense of agency). Our results showed that proprioceptive shift was positively correlated with the attenuation of auditory outcomes. No significant correlations were found between the explicit measures of the two senses. We argue that the individual spatiotemporal constraints subserving the integration of sensory-related signals (implicit signature) would be common to both senses, whereas their subjective experience (explicit signature) would rely on additional processes specific for any given sense.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-228
Number of pages10
JournalActa Psychologica
Volume185
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr

Keywords

  • Body ownership
  • Intentional binding
  • Multisensory integration
  • Rubber hand illusion
  • Sense of agency
  • Sensory attenuation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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