Baffling body illusions

Confuse your body with eight illusions to experiment with your sense of 'proprioception'.


Make a series of body illusions.

ExpeRiment with your own body and sense.

Learn how our senses need to work together.

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    There are eight illusions to try. Some don’t require any equipment, but to do all eight you’ll need:
    A free-standing mirror
    Something to block your view, a cereal box will probably do
    2 x paint brushes (same size) or similar
    Stuffed rubber glove
    Blanket or sleeve
    Fork (optional)
    One large and one small cardboard box
    Two things that weigh the same, eg. 2 tins

About this activity

Alex and the pupils of Ben Jonson Primary School experiment with their sense of proprioception: our awareness of our body. By doing eight different illusions that trick your understanding of your own body, they learn how their senses work, and how they can be confused by conflicting information. In the process, they learn how our sense combine to create the full perception we have of the world. 

Remember, everyone responds differently to these illusions. Some people won’t feel the effects of some activities, and that’s why it’s good to try as many as possible. As you do them, think about why they might work better on some people than others. 

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