Proprioception is the sense of the body’s own actions in space. Proprioception is disrupted in many clinical conditions such as dystonia, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. This disruption affects the ability of these individuals to produce “normal” movements. For years different paradigms have been used by researchers to examine proprioception. Dr. Lee Walsh at Neuroscience Research Australia has redesigned the commonly used rubber hand illusion. Please view the links below to see Dr. Walsh demonstrate the newly redesigned “Moving Rubber Finger Illusion” on a recent airing of the ABC’s Radio National (December 6, 2015). The full article can be found here.
Heroux ME, Walsh LD, Butler AA and Gandevia SC. (2013). Is this my finger? Proprioceptive illusions of body ownership and representation. J Physiol 591: 5661-5670.
Walsh LD, Moseley GL, Taylor JL and Gandevia SC. (2011). Proprioceptive signals contribute to the sense of body ownership. J Physiol 589: 3009-3021.