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Activity 1: Grades 5-8
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  1. Describe the subject's experience?
    (Answers will vary but most will report that the feeling of sensation was "transferred" to the image of the hand.)
  2. Did the illusion of misplaced sensation occur immediately? Explain.
    (No. Although answers will vary, it takes ten to fifteen seconds before the brain is sufficiently confused and incorrectly integrates the image into the body's contact surface.)
  3. Why was it important to conceal the movements of the researcher's hand that was in contact with the subject's real hand?
    (You did not want to give the subject any visual clues to the actual manner in which the hand was being stimulated.)




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