Neural mechanisms of bodily self-consciousness and the experience of presence in virtual reality

Bruno Herbelin, Roy Salomon, Andrea Serino, Olaf Blanke

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Recent neuroscience research emphasizes the embodied origins of the experience of the self. This chapter shows that further advances in the understanding of the phenomenon of VR-induced presence might be achieved in connection with advances in the understanding of the brain mechanisms of bodily self-consciousness. By reviewing the neural mechanisms that make the virtual reality experience possible and the neurocognitive models of bodily self-consciousness, we highlight how the development of applied human computer confluence technologies and the fundamental scientific investigation of bodily self-consciousness benefit from each other in a symbiotic manner.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Computer Confluence
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Human Experience Through Symbiotic Technologies
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783110471137
ISBN (Print)9783110471120
StatePublished - 20 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Andrea Gaggioli, Alois Ferscha, Giuseppe Riva, Stephen Dunne, Isabelle Viaud-Delmon and Chapters' Contributors. All rights reserved.


  • Agency
  • Bodily Self-consciousness
  • Body Ownership
  • Out-of-body Experience
  • Presence
  • Self-location
  • Virtual Reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Computer Science
  • General Psychology
  • General Engineering


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