Disturbances of self-other distinction after stimulation of the extrastriate body area in the human brain.

University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.
Social neuroscience (Impact Factor: 2.87). 02/2009; 4(1):40-8. DOI: 10.1080/17470910801938023
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ABSTRACT In a recent experiment with functional magnetic-resonance imaging, we found that brain activity in the extrastriate body area (EBA) distinguished between observed self- and other-generated movements, being significantly higher during observation of someone else's movement. Here, we investigated further the role of EBA in self-other distinctions using low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). As compared with rTMS applied over a control site, rTMS applied over the EBA increased reaction times, without affecting accuracy, for the detection of other-generated movements. Performance on a control motion-direction detection task was unaffected. These findings provide additional evidence for the role of the EBA in processing information necessary for identifying ourselves as agents of self-generated movements.

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