Modulation of pain threshold by virtual body ownership

Ownership of a virtual arm can increase heat pain thresholds

Virtual reality (VR) offers new opportunities for different areas of research. A virtual body can be felt as one’s own and research suggests the use of virtual reality for pain control.

The current study demonstrates that ownership over a virtual limb can significantly increase the thermal pain threshold in that limb. VR itself or looking at a non-embodied digital body did not have the same effect. These findings may be relevant for the development and improvement of virtual reality for the treatment and rehabilitation of pain.

> From: Martini et al., Eur J Pain 18 (2014-11-20 06:55:15) 1040-1048 . All rights reserved to European Pain Federation. Click here for the online summary.

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