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dc.contributor.advisorGherri, Elenaen
dc.contributor.authorPrinsen, Rubyen
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-22T15:44:35Z
dc.date.available2019-11-22T15:44:35Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1842/36526
dc.description.abstractSignificant others, such as romantic partners, merge into our sense of self. Evidence suggests that our bodily selves combine with others to facilitate embodied interaction, called the bodily self-other overlap. Peripersonal space is the immediate action space around our bodies that enables interactions with the world. The boundary of peripersonal space is modulated by social interaction which is indicative of this bodily self-other overlap. In this study, we predicted that the presence of a romantic partner would modulate the participant’s peripersonal space boundary. Eighteen participants performed a modified version of the crossmodal congruency task by responding to a vibrotactile target and ignoring visual distractors at three different distances. The boundary is calculated with the crossmodal congruency effect, which measures the interference of the visual distractor on the tactile target by subtracting congruent trials from incongruent trials. We predicted an increase of the crossmodal congruency effect in the middle and far distance when participants were in the presence of their partner compared to the experimenter. However, our findings did not support this hypothesis as the two conditions did not significantly differ. Instead, we found some increase in reaction times and error rates in the far distance.en
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dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.subjectperipersonal spaceen
dc.subjectbodily self-other overlapen
dc.titleThe Beast with Two Backs: Romantic Bodily Overlap in Peripersonal Spaceen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMastersen
dc.type.qualificationnameMSc Master of Scienceen


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