Event Lab, University of Barcelona, ES
Institute of Neurosciences, University of Barcelona, ES
How the brain represents the body is a fundamental question in cognitive neuroscience. Experimental studies are difficult because ‘the body is always there’ (William James). In recent years immersive virtual reality techniques have been introduced that deliver apparent changes to the body extending earlier techniques such as the rubber hand illusion, or more completely substituting the body by a virtual one visually collocated with the real body, and seen from a normal first-person perspective. This talk will introduce these techniques, and also show that changing the body can change the mind – including physiological, behavioral, attitudinal, and cognitive changes.