Victims of Capgras syndrome often cannot recognize their own image

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But in her case, she believed the woman whose reflection she encountered in the mirrors and windows around her house was there to torment her, to steal her husband -- the woman was clearly a stalker. Rosamond called her a "hussy" and went into hysterics whenever she saw her.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/03266/224822.stm [Broken]
 
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Originally posted by Ivan Seeking
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Life is stranger than fiction
 
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Originally posted by Greg Bernhardt
Life is stranger than fiction
Have you heard of this one?
IT IS THE STUFF of nightmares ... and horror movies. A woman awakens from a troubled sleep; it is dark; a hand tightens around her neck, vicious and implacable; with her right hand, she tries desperately to pull it off. And then, as she struggles, she realizes who her assailant is: her own left hand. Even after she pulls it away, she is too frightened to fall back asleep.

This scenario describes some of the more extreme behavior associated with an unusual condition known as Alien Hand Syndrome (AHS).
http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0398/neuro3.html

Also, some technical references:
Persons with injuries to the brain including, of course, the corpus callosum, sometimes report that one of their limbs, typically an arm, acts as though it belongs to somebody else. Here are the abstracts of 15 recent articles on the subject from the 1994-1996 literature.
http://www.indiana.edu/~pietsch/alienhand-psy.html
 
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Fantastic articles, Ivan. Just great. This part cracked me up tho:

Another memorable patient, C.T., had suffered a head injury in a motorcycle accident and appeared not to recognize faces. Eventually, however, Farah's team discovered that he could recognize some famous faces from before his injury. In fact, he could identify photos of the young Michael Jackson taken before the time of C.T.'s brain injury -- which showed the singer with a broad nose and an Afro hairstyle -- but he could not identify photos of Jackson taken after his cosmetic makeover!
...the hell you say! How could that possibly be!?

heh.
 
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but he could not identify photos of Jackson taken after his cosmetic makeover!
I have had this problem also...
 

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