The scientific search for the self

In this podcast, author of the 2017 book ‘Stranger in the Mirror’, Professor Robert Levine, talks to Dr Raj Persaud about a range of case studies and scientific experiments that challenge the ideas we hold about ‘the self’, and questions whether we as human beings are more malleable and capable of change than we realise.

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Date published: 6 March 2018

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Robert Levine

Audio running time: 30 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the meaning behind the 'rubber hand', 'video glasses' and 'phantom limb' experiments


  • how such brain-challenging illusions could potentially be used medically and therapeutically


  • some of the theories regarding the evolutionary development of the brain and the functionality of our 'inner voice'.


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