Complementing Improbable’s recent note about Dr. Altschuler’s writings on famous character’s ailments, we move now to his work with Whole Body Discrepancies.
Eric Altschuler, M.D., Ph.D., who is currently Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New Jersey Medical School and Associate Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, has devised (along with professor Vilayanur S Ramachandran) what they call
A simple method to stand outside oneself, Perception, 2007, volume 36, pages 632 – 634. A cunning arrangement of large mirrors can, it seems, induce peculiar sensations in perfectly normal observers. The professors describe their experiences on viewing reflections of their multi-mirrored selves -
“Upon stroking our faces with our index fingers while watching this view both of us obtained an `eerie’ feeling that we were touching not ourselves but some kind of `alien’ or android in a body outside (but similar) to our own. When we asked ten colleagues to perform the same procedure all noted that looking at this view also evoked the feeling that it was not their own cheeks being stroked, and that they were able to stand outside their bodies and observe themselves. A couple of people noted that they wanted to say “hello” or meet the individual whose cheek was being stroked. One person, who happened to be chewing gum, noted that the third image was chewing, but didn’t seem to be tasting anything.“
This completes our brief look at some of the work of Dr. Altschuler, but readers who wish to go further can find a partial listing of his academic output here. Including (but by no means limited to) -