The Rubber Hand Illusion (BBC Horizon) – Prof. Lawrence Rosenblum (UC Riverside)

“BBC Horizon explores the strange and wonderful world of illusions – and reveals the tricks they play on our senses and why they fool us.

Professor Lawrence Rosenblum attempts to confuse some innocent passers by using a hammer, a paintbrush and a rubber hand.

He shows how just watching a rubber hand being stroked at the same time as a real hand can muddle something as basic as your sense of your own body.

It’s something that helps to reveal one of the biggest new ideas in neuroscience known as Neuroplasticity. This exciting new idea suggests that the brain can change in response to experience – and this has huge implications for millions around the world.”