Body-Swapping Experiment Shows How “Swapping Bodies” With a Friend Changes Our Sense of Self

Body-Swapping Experiment Shows How “Swapping Bodies” With a Friend Changes Our Sense of Self
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Our sense of who we are is thought to be influenced by things like our childhood experiences, our interactions with others, and now, researchers say, our bodies. A study appearing today (August 26, 2020) in the journal iScience shows that, when pairs of friends swapped bodies in a perceptual illusion, their beliefs about their own personalities became more similar to their beliefs about their friends’ personalities. The findings suggest that this close tie between our psychological and physical sense of self is also involved in functions […] This image shows a graphic of the body-swapping experiment setup. Credit: Mattias Karlen

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