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date: 14 December 2018

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Mirror-touch synaesthesia describes a condition in which individuals experience the sensation of being touched on their own body when observing touch to another person. This chapter reviews studies examining the prevalence and characteristics of developmental and acquired cases of mirror-touch synaesthesia, the neurocognitive mechanisms that contribute to the tactile experiences evoked in mirror-touch, and how mirror-touch synaesthesia may be used to help inform us about mechanisms of social perception in non-synaesthetes.

Keywords: Mirror-touch, mirror system, somatosensory, empathy, emotion, synaesthesia, social perception

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