Visual gravity contributes to subjective first-person perspective

IntroductionBodily self-consciousness (BSC) is the sense of being a subject in a specific body (self-identification), of occupying a given spatial location (self-location), and it is thought to involve a first-person perspective (1PP), i.e. the experience that ‘I’ am directed at the world (Blanke and Metzinger, 2009). Converging behavioral, neuroimaging, and clinical evidence suggests that BSC depends on the integration of multisensory bodily signals in the brain [see Blanke (2012) for review]. However, while several studies investigated the neural bases of self-identification and self-location, the specific multisensory mechanisms of 1PP are poorly understood, perhaps because there is still a lack of experimental methods to induce systematic changes in 1PP under controlled conditions (Blanke, 2012; Serino et al., 2013; Pfeiffer, Serino, et al., 2014). Here, we investigate whether a fundamental aspect of the 1PP,…

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