Optical illusion tricks brain into 'feeling' rubber glove

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Watching a rubber hand being stroked at the same time as your real hand is stroked, is enough to trick the brain into adopting it as its own.

Professor Lawrence Rosenblum from the University of California, Riverside explained the phenomenon as neuroplasticity, when the brain adapts in response to experience.

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