illusory movement of limbs
   Also known as motor illusion. Both terms are used to denote a type of "kinaesthetic hallucination characterized by the illusory sensation of movement of one or more body parts, while these are actually at rest. As noted by the British neurologist Macdonald Critchley (1900-1997), illusory movement of paralysed limbs is associated with lesions affecting the parietal lobe. As Critch-ley maintains, "The patient may entertain that one of his limbs is completely detached from his own body and occupies some position nearby or afar. Or the patient may imagine his affected limb to be moving when it is actually immobile. Such an idea may be illusory or delusional; it can occur in episodic fashion, or it can be continual." Conceptually as well as phenomenologically, illusory movement of limbs would seem to lie on a continuum with neglect, "personification, and "illusory displacement of limbs.
   References
   Critchley, M. (1965). Disorders of corporeal awareness in parietal disease.In: The body percept. Edited by Wapner, S., Werner, H. New York, NY: Random House.

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