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Call them ghosts, specters, apparitions, guardian angels or phantoms, but tales of that strange sensation people experience when they think they feel someone nearby reach across cultures and time periods. Now, however, researchers have attempted to replicate this eerie phenomenon.
A new study uses creative engineering to unravel brain mechanisms associated with one of the most fundamental subjective human feelings: self-consciousness.
It may sound like the stuff of science fiction films, but researchers are using virtual reality and brain imaging technology to study the feeling of owning one's body, as well as near-death and out-of-body experiences.
When you feel you are being touched, usually someone or something is physically touching you and you perceive that your "self" is located in the same place as your body.