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Even Non-Amputees Can Feel a Phantom Limb

 These findings reveal how malleable body image can be, and could help lead to therapies that help patients with phantom limb syndrome and other disorders feel more at ease with their bodies.

In phantom limb syndrome, people suffer from the illusion that a limb exists even if it is missing. Doctors have known of this syndrome since the 16th century. (After Lord Horatio Nelson lost part of his right arm during a battle in 1797, he said he felt fingers pressing into his missing palm, sensations the admiral cited as direct evidence for the existence of a soul.)

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The scientists had previously found objects that did not resemble body parts, such as a block of wood, cannot be experienced as one's own hand, "so we were extremely surprised to find that the brain can accept an invisible hand as part of the body,"

I'm not surprised: I can feel my butt, but I need a mirror to see it.