Abstract: Ward and Banissy offer a critical discussion of Mirror-Touch Synesthesia (MTS), with reference to Threshold and Self-Other theories. The authors argue that developmental MTS is linked to differences in the functioning of a mirror system for touch (and pain), which are driven by neurocognitive alterations that lie outside of the somatosensory system and concern bodily awareness and/or the control of self-other representations. This commentary briefly presents some neuropsychological evidence in line with Ward and Banissy’s argument, questioning the potential similarities between MTS and some post-stroke disorders of body representation.
Bolognini, N. (2015). Causal mechanisms of mirror-touch synesthesia: Clues from neuropsychology. COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, 6(2-3), 137-139 [10.1080/17588928.2015.1053854].