This Illusion lets you ‘feel’ the invisible force field around your body

If you’ve ever caught yourself instinctively dodging an over-hanging branch or an uneven surface on the road based only on what your peripheral vision is telling you, congratulations, you’ve experienced a strange phenomenon known as your peripersonal space. Like whiskers on cats tell them where their nose is in relation to their surroundings, our bodies are enveloped by an invisible ‘force field’, and neuroscientists have figured out how to make us feel it for the first time. Most of us have a very strong feeling of personal space, and get super weirded-out when someone enters it uninvited, but you’d probably struggle to explain to somewhere where exactly the acceptable and creepy zones around you start and finish.  Fortunately, for scientists working in the field of neuropsychology, it’s their job to…


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