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Ramachandran and others have used these simple experiments to explore how the human brain perceives body image, and to learn more about phantom limb pain. Try these experiments yourself!

The Pinocchio Experiment:

The Rubber Arm Experiment:

Learn more about Ramachandran’s work with phantom limb patients by visiting the following web sites:

BBC: What phantom limbs and mirrors teach us about the brain (12/05/2011)

PBS NOVA: From Ramachandran’s Notebook

UC San Diego Center for Brain and Cognition

Association for Psychological ScienceObserver: Reflections on Mirror Neurons (03/2011)

PBS NOVA scienceNOW: Mirror Neurons

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