Body and Self Research Area

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Members of the Body and Self Research Area investigate the multisensory representation of the body and the bodily self by using the methods of cognitive neuroscience.

Our research encompasses studies of body illusions (the RHI, FBI and the enfacement illusion) generated via visuo-tactile and cardio-visual conflicts. Our interests cover investigations of tactile perception, peripersonal space, interoception, alexithymia and empathy. We also study how bodily self-consciousness varies across the lifespan, in ASD, and in some neurological and psychiatric disorders. We have received funding from the Bial Foundation and the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. Our research has been published in leading journals including Psychological Science, the Journal of Neurophysiology, Current Biology, the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, and Neuropsychologia, and has been covered by international popular media outlets including The Wall street Journal, BBC radio and New Scientist magazine. We welcome enquiries about possible collaborations, postdoctoral projects or PhD study in the areas above. Please contact members directly (see individual staff pages for emails, detailed research interests and publications) or contact Jane Aspell with any general queries.

The Body and Self Research Area is part of the Brain and Cognition Research Group.


Find out more about our members by exploring their staff profiles.

Dr Jane Aspell

Dr Flavia Cardini

Dr Richard Piech

Cari-lene Mul

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