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The experience of body boundaries by Siamese twins.

Murray, Craig (2001) The experience of body boundaries by Siamese twins. New Ideas in Psychology, 19 (2). pp. 117-130. ISSN 0732-118X

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    Abstract

    Siamese twins share some body surface, and may also share organs and/or limbs, as well as having areas of joint sensation and movement. Apart from issues relating to the nature-nurture debate, psychology has paid little attention to the phenomena of Siamese twinning. This paper discusses the phenomenal experience of body boundaries by Siamese twins in relation to issues of self and identity. It is argued that aspects of individual embodiment provide an ambiguous body boundary for this group. Specifically, it is argued that phenomena such as areas of common tactile sensation (overlapping ‘sensory rims’) and the ability to move shared limbs (divided ‘authorship of action’), fosters an experience of body as sentiently and spatially extended into their sibling.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: New Ideas in Psychology
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, New Ideas in Psychology 19 (2), 2001, © ELSEVIER.
    Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
    ID Code: 26078
    Deposited By: Dr Craig Murray
    Deposited On: 16 Mar 2009 11:12
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:28
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26078

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