The fascinating science behind phantom limbs
Joshua W. Pate
October 4, 2018

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The vast majority of people who've lost a limb can still feel it - not as a memory or vague shape, but in complete lifelike detail. They can flex their phantom fingers and sometimes even feel the chafe of a watch band or the throb of an ingrown toenail. What causes these phantom limb sensations? Joshua W. Pate explains how the brain reacts to a missing limb.

Lesson by Joshua W. Pate, directed by Kozmonot Animation Studio.