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Visual stimulus disrupts the spatial localization of a tactile sensation in virtual reality

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Phantom limb pain is a neuropathic condition in which a person feels pain in a limb that is not present. Cognitive treatments that visually recreate the limb in an attempt to create a cross modal interaction between vision, and touch/proprioception have shown to be effective at alleviating this pain. With improvements in technology, Virtual Mirror Therapy is starting to gain favor, however, there are currently no applications that utilize passive touch in the same way non-virtual reality applications do. This paper investigates whether a visual stimulus can relocate a tactile stimulus to a different location using principles from the rubber hand illusion and mirror therapy. We demonstrate that a displaced visual stimulus in virtual reality can disrupt accurate spatial perception of a physical vibrotactile sensation however the effects are small and require further investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-1377-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-1378-4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2019
Event2019 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces - Osaka, Japan
Duration: 23 Mar 201927 Mar 2019

Publication series

NameVirtual Reality, IEEE Annual International Symposium
ISSN (Print)2642-5246
ISSN (Electronic)2642-5254


Conference2019 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces

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