Visual consciousness and bodily self-consciousness

Nathan Faivre, Roy Salomon, Olaf Blanke

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Purpose of review: In recent years, consciousness has become a central topic in cognitive neuroscience. This review focuses on the relation between bodily self-consciousness - the feeling of being a subject in a body - and visual consciousness - the subjective experience associated with the perception of visual signals. Recent findings: Findings from clinical and experimental work have shown that bodily self-consciousness depends on specific brain networks and is related to the integration of signals from multiple sensory modalities including vision. In addition, recent experiments have shown that visual consciousness is shaped by the body, including vestibular, tactile, proprioceptive, and motor signals. Summary: Several lines of evidence suggest reciprocal relationships between vision and bodily signals, indicating that a comprehensive understanding of visual and bodily self-consciousness requires studying them in unison.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-28
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 13 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • bodily illusions
  • bodily self-consciousness
  • body ownership
  • embodiment
  • visual consciousness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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