Body Ownership (BO) and its manipulations have been broadly stud-
ied in psychology and neuroscience. These studies have shown the possibility to elicit BO sensations even in absence of a part of a body,
towards extraneous simulacrum. The illusion of owning an artificial
body is in fact a powerful tool to investigate cognitive mechanisms
underlying body perception and self consciousness. Virtual Reality
(VR) made possible more extreme manipulations, exploiting the
principles emerged by the applications of the famous Rubber Hand
Illusion (RHI), including user experience and rehabilitation. Another
element that can modulate body representation is the application of the Pleasant Touch (PT). PT is a light touch at 3cm/sec, adminis-
tered on the hairy skin, which stimulates the tactile receptors of the amyelinic C-fibers, that are directly connected with the insula cortex,
a brain area typically involved in BO. The application of PT during a
RHI showed an increase in the BO sensation of the dummy hand. In
this paper we present a study of feasibility of a virtual environment
in which a PT and a neutral touch is applied to an avatar, on the right
forearm or on the right leg. This system allows to collect behavioral and physiological responses in an ecological way. Preliminary results on a limited sample (4 healthy subject and 1 patient) shown a positive response both on subjective and objective measures (skin conductance response, heartbeat rate and respiration), in line with the scientific literature on physical PT. Results obtained suggests that is possible to use such a system for a broader evaluation that could involve a larger sample. The outcome of those experimentation opens the road to create a new procedure to investigate modified sense of body perceptions.