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Robot may explain some symptoms in schizophrenia and other neurological conditions

People don’t really tend to see ghosts or guardian angels as much as “feel” them, and now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology think they know where that “feeling of a presence” (FoP) phenomenon comes from, based on studies of 12 patients with various neurological conditions. The researchers have also successfully devised a robot capable of giving otherwise healthy people the same feeling, simply by sending mixed-up sensorimotor signals to the brain.

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People don’t really tend to see ghosts or guardian angels as much as “feel” them, and now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology think they know where that “feeling of a presence” (FoP) phenomenon comes from, based on studies of 12 patients with various neurological conditions. The researchers have also successfully devised a robot capable of giving otherwise healthy people the same feeling, simply by sending mixed-up sensorimotor signals to the brain.
Credit: Alain Herzog/EPFL

Source

Current Biology, Blanke et al.: “Neurological and robot-controlled induction of an apparition.”

Cell Press