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    The person in the mirror: using the enfacement illusion to investigate the experiential structure of self-identification

    Tajadura-Jiménez, A. and Longo, Matthew R. and Coleman, R. and Tsakiris, M. (2012) The person in the mirror: using the enfacement illusion to investigate the experiential structure of self-identification. Consciousness and Cognition 21 (4), pp. 1725-1738. ISSN 1053-8100.

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    Abstract

    How do we acquire a mental representation of our own face? Recently, synchronous, but not asynchronous, interpersonal multisensory stimulation (IMS) between one's own and another person's face was used to evoke changes in self-identification (enfacement illusion). We investigated the conscious experience of these changes with principal component analyses (PCA) that revealed that while the conscious experience during synchronous IMS focused on resemblance and similarity with the other's face, during asynchronous IMS it focused on multisensory stimulation. Analyses on the identified common factor structure revealed significant quantitative differences between synchronous and asynchronous IMS on self-identification and perceived similarity with the other's face. Experiment 2 revealed that participants with lower interoceptive sensitivity experienced stronger enfacement illusion. Overall, self identification and body-ownership rely on similar basic mechanisms of multisensory integration, but the effects of multisensory input on their experience are qualitatively different, possibly underlying the face's unique role as a marker of selfhood.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): self-face representation, multisensory integration, mirror-recognition, self-identity, enfacement illusion
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2013 17:46
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:52
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5361

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