The Cutaneous "Rabbit": A Perceptual Illusion

Science  13 Oct 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4057, pp. 178-179
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4057.178


Anomalous localizations of mechanical and electrical cutaneous pulses are produced when widely separated bodily points are successively stimulated with trains of taps. The observer experiences a manifold of discrete "phantom" impressions connecting the points actually touched. The theoretical basis for this perceptual phenomenon is not understood, but some boundary conditions are specified.

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