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Old 12-04-2008, 06:46 AM   #1098
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Scientists turn into virtual body snatchers
Virtual reality can lead subjects to see other bodies as their own

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Shaking hands with yourself is an amusing out-of-body experience. The illusion of having your stomach slashed with a kitchen knife, not so much.

Both sensations, however, felt real to most participants in a Swedish science project exploring how people can be tricked into the false perception of owning another body.

In a study presented Tuesday, neuroscientists at Stockholm’s renowned Karolinska Institute show how they got volunteers wearing virtual-reality goggles to experience the illusion of swapping bodies with a mannequin and a real person.
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