Journal article

Perceptual aberrations impair mental own-body transformations

Dysfunctional self and bodily processing have been reported from the schizophrenia spectrum. Here, the authors tested 72 students (40 women) to determine whether performance in a mental own-body transformation task relates to self-rated frequency of spontaneously experienced schizotypal body schema alterations (perceptual aberration). Participants provided speeded left-right decisions concerning the body of a visually depicted human figure (front view vs. back view). For men, reaction times to disembodied perspectives increased with increasing scores on a validated perceptual aberration scale. This finding constitutes behavioral evidence for the clinically postulated association between aberrant bodily experiences during everyday life and aberrant processing in a mental own-body transformation task arguably reflecting mild dysfunction at the temporo-parietal junction.

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