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Scientists from a French university have determined that in some instances, the brain can treat sensory tools—such as white canes for the visually impaired—as extensions of our bodies.
This sensory embodiment shows that even though we know a tool isn’t actually a part of our bodies, our brains can treat it as such—especially when it comes to direct sense of touch.
This research could prove pivotal in creating higher quality prostheses with heightened sensitivity to touch.
Imagine you’re holding a pen by the tip-side in between your thumb and index finger. You close your eyes and ask someone to tap it once on the opposite side. Then you ask them to tap it again, but this time, the