About the Brain, Body and Self Laboratory

Welcome to the Brain, Body and Self Laboratory home page. We use neuroimaging, neurostimulation, and behavioral methods to study how we come to experience our own body as an object distinct from the environment. Our aim is to characterize the perceptual rules and brain mechanisms whereby a central representation of one's own body is constructed by the integration of signals from the different sensory modalities (vision, touch, proprioception). We also investigate how information from the body influences how we perceive the external world and how we think, feel and remember ourselves. Finally, we study how the human body can be extended by machines and artificial limb devices to design, for example, advanced prosthetic limbs that feel more like real limbs.


[2015-04-30] A new study in Current Biology reports how illusory out-of-body experiences can be decoded from patters of brain activity. Read the article here and the press release and here.

[2015-04-23] Illusion of having an invisible body changes our stress response in challenging social situations. Click here to read the new paper in Scientific Reports, and here to read the press-release.

[2015-01-09] A new study in Neuroimage demonstrates how the feeling of full-body ownership can be read out from patterns of activity in the premotor cortex. Click here to read.

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