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From mirror-touch synesthesia to models of vicarious experience: A reply to commentaries.

Ward, Jamie and Banissy, Michael J.. 2017. From mirror-touch synesthesia to models of vicarious experience: A reply to commentaries. Cognitive Neuroscience, 8(4), pp. 224-227. ISSN 1758-8928 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

In this reply to the eight commentaries to our article, we discuss three important challenges. First, we discuss the relationship of mirror-touch to other forms of synesthesia. We note that synesthetic experiences are generally not mistaken as veridical but this does not mean that they lack percept-like qualities. We acknowledge that neither Threshold Theory nor Self-Other Theory offer a direct account of other forms of synesthesia, although we discuss how the latter could. Second, we discuss alternative explanations. Notably predictive coding offers a different way of framing our current theory, and extending it to related phenomena. Finally, we discuss how mirror-touch synesthesia may relate to other atypical experiences of body ownership such as the rubber hand illusion, and somatoparaphrenia.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/17588928.2017.1332020

Keywords:

Mirror systems, touch, pain, synesthesia, self-other, predictive coding

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
19 May 2017Accepted
5 June 2017Published Online

Item ID:

21776

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2017 12:35

Last Modified:

06 Oct 2017 12:35

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/21776

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