How well do you know your body?

The way we see our own body is built from sensory signals that mean it can feel very different to how it appears from the outside.

Changing these sensory signals – particularly vision, touch and position sense – gives us an insight to how the brain creates and maintains a mental image of the body.

How our body feels to us is a fundamental part of what makes us who we are. Understanding how that works, and how it can go wrong, is important for health and wellbeing, but being able to demonstrate that through illusions also helps others to understand that our body might not always feel the same way that it looks.

Our aim is to understand how the brain knows what the body is like - how your body feels to you and how that underpins your sense of self, health and wellbeing.