Not only instinct, perception too?

Science, Vol 317 (24 August 2007) reports “evidence that the brain’s representation of the physical body is malleable and can be modified by information from the senses.” The Experimental Induction of Out-of-Body Experiences by H. Henrik Ehrsson and Video Ergo Sum: Manipulating Bodily Self-Consciousness by Bigna Lenggenhager, Tej Tadi, Thomas Metzinger, and Olaf Blanke seem likely candidates for support of a related argument about linguistic relativity.
The question is, if we feel our bodies are where our eyes are, as further explained in this summary by the BBC, how does such a perception alter the way we imagine ourselves in the world, particularly in relation to others? Does this show up in the ways we communicate? In the ways we use language? Do such perceptions actually alter our consciousness by eliciting particular neural pathways to be broken, reconfigured, reinforced, or newly created?

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