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The rubber hand illusion

Which information is more important to the human brain: what we see or what we feel? Watch a psychologist trying to answer this question with a simple demonstration.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercises. You can also read the transcript.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Interesting experience. The question for me is to what extent our brain can be rewired through visual perception. It is really a little bit creepy with the hammer. But what I'd like to know is whether the volunteers only get afraid of unexpected blow or they really feel pain from the blow even if this pain feeling is very short. To find it out I would volunteer to participate in the expirement)

I have read that mental patients (like scizophrenes) can tickle themselves because they think it is someone else's hand. I remember I was very surprised at the fact.

To know how the brain works exactly, it will always be a great mistery. This video is very interesting.

Thanks for this wonderful video. The psychologist are really doing a great job with this effort on the rubber hand illusion research