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We thoroughly enjoyed Ward and Banissy's Discussion Paper on mirror-touch synesthesia. The authors contrast two theories for explaining this phenomenon-the Threshold Theory and their Self-Other Theory. Ward and Banissy note that the Self-Other Theory garners support from studies that have tested individuals with mirror-touch synesthesia using the rubber hand paradigm. In this Commentary, we provide further support for the Self-Other Theory by drawing on findings from control participants without mirror-touch synesthesia tested with two different no-touch rubber hand paradigms-one paradigm makes it easier while the other makes it more difficult to make the self-other distinction.

Original publication

DOI

10.1080/17588928.2015.1057483

Type

Journal article

Journal

Cogn Neurosci

Publication Date

2015

Volume

6

Pages

146 - 147

Keywords

Humans, Illusions, Perceptual Disorders, Touch Perception