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    Psychological correlates of illusory body experiences

    MacLachlan, Malcolm and Desmond, Deirdre and Horgan, Olga (2003) Psychological correlates of illusory body experiences. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 40 (1). p. 59. ISSN 0748-7711

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    Postamputation phantom sensations and phantom pain, i.e., sensation or pain in the amputated limb, can be extremely distressing for people who have had amputations. Recent research on treating phantom phenomena has used the experimental induction of illusory body experiences. Although the suggestion has been that such experiences may influence the cortical remapping that occurs after amputation, the role of psychological factors in these experimental inductions has not been addressed. We used an able-bodied sample to investigate whether a common underlying propensity exists for illusory body experiences and whether the occurrence of these experiences is associated with previously neglected psychological variables. Psychometric measures of body plasticity, somatic preoccupation, and creative imagination were significantly and differentially associated with the occurrence of illusory body experiences. Hence, these measures have potential use in identifying patients most likely to benefit from treatment interventions using the induction of illusory body experiences.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: body plasticity; illusory body experiences; phantom pain; somatic preoccupation;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16433
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    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 14:04
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
    Publisher: Rehabilitation Research and Development Service of the Veterans Health Administration Office of Research and Development
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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