The Sense of Body Ownership

Manos Tsakiris

in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199548019
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 The Sense of Body Ownership

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This article examines the inflationary view of the body ownership. It reviews a growing body of empirical research on the sense of body ownership that suggests that the deflationary depends on the integration of somatosensory signals. It discusses the results of recent research on out-of-body experiences (OBE) and shows that the neurocognitive processes involved in the Rubber Hand Illusion (and thus for body parts) are also involved in OBE (and thus for the body as a whole). It suggests that this experience of bodily ownership may be a critical component of self-specificity.

Keywords: body ownership; inflationary view; somatosensory signals; out-of-body experiences; neurocognitive processes; Rubber Hand Illusion; self-specificity

Article.  10425 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science ; Epistemology

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