BBC science correspondent visits lab and reports on rubber-hand illusion

Posted on Friday 12th April 2013

Inducing the rubber-hand illusion in the lab

David Gregory Kumar, science correspondent for BBC1 Midlands Today, popped into the laboratory recently to have a go at the rubber-hand illusion for himself and to report on recent funding awarded to the laboratory for exploring the illusion in those who report out-of-body experiences. Research Fellow Dr Chie Takahashi (funded by the Leverhulme Trust) and MSc student Hayley Dewe hooked David up to psychophysiological measuring devices and induced the illusion in him.

You can view David’s report here. The experiment has also attracted significant interest from the local media (see newspaper cuttings below).

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If you have had an out-of-body experience and would like to come and take part in this or other experiments we are currently running, please e-mail Dr Jason Braithwaite. Further information can be read on the Psychology news page for the story.