Your brain’s sense that your body is your body is something you probably take for granted. But new research shows that in just seconds, your brain will readily accept a full-body illusion as truth. Even if that illusion is that your entire body has turned invisible. And the spooky research that proves it might help develop treatments for social anxiety.
In a new study published Thursday in Scientific Reports, a team of neuroscientists from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet used a virtual reality rig to convince their subjects of just that.