Causal mechanisms of mirror-touch synesthesia: Clues from neuropsychology

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Abstract: Ward and Banissy offer a critical discussion of Mirror-Touch Synesthesia (MTS), with reference to Threshold and Self-Other theories. The authors argue that developmental MTS is linked to differences in the functioning of a mirror system for touch (and pain), which are driven by neurocognitive alterations that lie outside of the somatosensory system and concern bodily awareness and/or the control of self-other representations. This commentary briefly presents some neuropsychological evidence in line with Ward and Banissy’s argument, questioning the potential similarities between MTS and some post-stroke disorders of body representation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-139
Number of pages3
JournalCognitive Neuroscience
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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