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The Phantom Hand

The feeling of being touched on a fake hand

This article was originally published with the title "Illusions: The Phantom Hand."

(Further Reading)

  • The Perception of Phantom Limbs. Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and William Hirstein in Brain, Vol. 121, Part 9, pages 1603–1630; September 1998.
  • Rubber Hands “Feel” Touch That Eyes See. Matthew Botvinick and Jonathan Cohen in Nature, Vol. 391, page 756; February 19, 1998.
  • Projecting Sensations to External Objects: Evidence from Skin Conductance Response. Kathleen Carrie Armel and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran in Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences, Vol. 270, No. 1523, pages 1499–1506; July 22, 2003.
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