Feeling of Presence

An incredible advance in the understanding perceptual distortions! Though this is being applied to a greater understanding of the sense of a “phantom presence” in individuals with schizophrenia, this can be applied to understanding other perceptual distortions of the Self such as DP and DR. I have tremendous faith in this line of research.

View the video below.



Also see the full article from Andrew Sullivan’s “The Daily Dish” HERE.

A sample:
“Feeling of Presence, or FoP, is the disconcerting notion that someone else is hovering nearby, walking alongside you or even touching you. It’s the stuff of ghost stories, but also a real symptom of several neurologic conditions, including schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists know so little about the underlying causes of FoP that long-term treatments and cures remain illusive.

Now, researchers are chipping away at the neurobiology behind that uncanny feeling. In a paper published November 6 in Current Biology, a team of scientists described how they used a custom-built robot to induce an eerie Feeling of Presence in healthy participants. Their findings confirm that sensorimotor conflict, a neurologic imbalance between what the mind perceives and what the body feels, lies at the root of some FoP illusions.”

Elyn Saks - Professor with Schizophrenia

Elyn R. Saks has schizophrenia -- and you would never know. After revealing her illness, many close friends rejected her saying, "Had I known you had schizophrenia I would never have hung out with you." She is a mental health advocate, law professor, and author.



Link to her memoir: The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness