“Atypical touch perception in MTS may derive from an abnormally plastic self-representation”

Ilaria Bufalari, Giuseppina Porciello, Salvatore Maria Aglioti

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Abstract: Mirror Touch Synesthetes (MTSs) feel touch while they observe others being touched. According to the authors, two complementary theoretical frameworks, the Threshold Theory and the Self-Other Theory, explain Mirror Touch Synesthesia (MTS). Based on the behavioral evidence that in MTSs the mere observation of touch is sufficient to elicit self-other merging (i.e., self-representation changes), a condition that in non-MTSs just elicits self-other sharing (i.e., mirroring activity without self-other blurring), and on the rTPJ anatomical alterations in MTS, we argue that MTS may derive from an abnormally plastic self-representation and atypical multisensory integrative mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-141
Number of pages3
JournalCognitive Neuroscience
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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