Probing the Neural Basis of Body Ownership

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Science  06 Aug 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5685, pp. 782-783
DOI: 10.1126/science.1101836

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How do we distinguish our bodies from other objects and know that our body parts belong to us? In his Perspective, Botvinick explains intriguing new data ( Ehrsson et al.) showing that the feeling of body ownership depends on activation of premotor cortex neurons and their ability to integrate diverse sensory information (visual, tactile, and proprioceptive) from our body parts.