Investigation of kinaesthetic illusions induced by non-invasive muscle vibration


Did you know you can trick your brain with vibrations?

  • 27 October 2021
  • 4 min read

Did you know that you can trick your brain with vibrations? This research study aims to analyse the role of vibrations to create illusions of arm movements. Participation is voluntary and will give you a unique experience of movement illusions!

We are currently looking for volunteers to take part in a research project investigating the effect of vibrations on movement illusions. This work builds on the idea that you know where your limbs are even when you don’t watch them. This is the reason why we can touch our nose with closed eyes.

We want to stimulate this proprioceptive position sense with vibrations, so that you feel your arm moving while it actually remains still. The goal of the study is to find the optimal setup to induce movement illusions in the upper arm in as many participants as possible.

If you are over 18 years old and do not have any upper limb motion restrictions, please contact us if you are interested. Participation is voluntary and will give you an unique experience in illusion movements. You would be required to spend only one and a half hours of your time to take part in this research.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Ruth Leskovar (PhD student, or Prof Peter Kyberd (supervisor, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Participants must be:

  • older than 18
  • No known restrictions of upper limb motion
  • No history of neurological disorders of the upper part of the body

What will participants be doing?

Participants will get a small vibrating device on their upper arm attached. The device will vibrate with different speeds and the participants are asked to talk about their experience, e.g. if they feel something else in their arm besides the vibratory stimulation. If they will an arm movement, they will have to rank the illusion in three different categories. The session will take 90 minutes and take place in room 0.22 Anglesea Building, Anglesea Road, Portsmouth po1 3DJ.

Closing date

31 January 2022


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Ethics code: TECH2020-R.L-01_Amendment2

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