Sensing the body, representing the body: Evidence from a neurologically based delusion of body ownership

Lorenzo Pia, Francesca Garbarini, Carlotta Fossataro, Dalila Burin, Anna Berti

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Abstract

Humans experience their own body as unitary and monolithic in nature. However, recent findings in cognitive neuroscience seem to suggest that body awareness has a complex and multifaceted structure that can be dissociated in several subcomponents, possibly underpinned by different brain circuits. In the present paper, we focus on a recently reported neuropsychological disorder of body ownership in which patients misattribute to themselves someone else’s arm and its movements. As first, we briefly review the clinical and functional features of this disorder. Secondly, we attempt to explain the nature of the delusion and to gain new hints regarding the mechanisms subserving the construction and the maintenance of the sense of body ownership in the intact brain functioning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-119
Number of pages8
JournalCognitive Neuropsychology
Volume33
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 17
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Body representation
  • bodily self
  • brain-damaged patients
  • delusional body ownership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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