But how important are these emotional signals from the body? What role do they play in forming how we view our own self? External signals, such as vision, influence our own mental image of ourselves. Looking in the mirror, for example, effects how we think of our body – influencing how we form mental images and representations of our own body.
|Dr Paul Jenkinson|
So the way we feel about our body from within may be more important than the way the body looks from the outside - having implications in the wider media and particularly around issues of body image and self-esteem.
You can read more about this research on Science Daily.
The paper “Bodily pleasure matters: Velocity of touch modulates body ownership during the rubber hand illusion” is published in Frontiers in Psychology.