Visual stimulus disrupts the spatial localization of a tactile sensation in Virtual Reality

Dion Willis*, Wendy Powell, Vaughan Powell, Brett Stevens

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Phantom limb pain is a neuropathic condition in which a person feels pain in a limb that is not present. Cognitive treatments that visually recreate the limb in an attempt to create a cross modal interaction between vision, and touch/proprioception have shown to be effective at alleviating this pain. With improvements in technology, Virtual Mirror Therapy is starting to gain favor, however, there are currently no applications that utilize passive touch in the same way non-virtual reality applications do. This paper investigates whether a visual stimulus can relocate a tactile stimulus to a different location using principles from the rubber hand illusion and mirror therapy. We demonstrate that a displaced visual stimulus in virtual reality can disrupt accurate spatial perception of a physical vibrotactile sensation however the effects are small and require further investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IEEEVR 2019
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2019
EventIEEE VR - Osaka International Convention Centre, Osaka, Japan
Duration: 23 Mar 201927 Mar 2019
Conference number: 27


ConferenceIEEE VR
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