Arran Reader,PhD
postdoctoral Fellow


When we move to interact with the world, we do so with a clear sensation that the body we see before us is our own. However, the exact role that body ownership plays in guiding movement is yet to be established. Arran's research in the Brain, Body and Self Laboratory focuses on the link between the sense of body ownership and the motor system, using motion-tracking, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and magnetoencephalography. Arran has previously worked on the imitation of meaningful and meaningless actions during his PhD at the University of Reading (UK).

Sample Publications

Reader, A.T., Ehrsson HH. (2019). Weakening the subjective sensation of own hand ownership does not interfere with rapid finger movements. PLOS ONE (2019) 14(10): e0223580. PDF

Reader, A.T., & Holmes, N.P. (2019). Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over the left posterior middle temporal gyrus reduces wrist velocity during emblematic hand gesture imitation. Brain Topography, 32(2), 332-341. PDF

Reader, A.T., Rao, V.M., Christakou, A., & Holmes, N.P. (2018). A kinematic examination of dual-route processing for action imitation. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80(8), 2069-2083. PDF

Reader, A.T., & Holmes, N.P. (2018). The left ventral premotor cortex is involved in hand shaping for intransitive gestures: evidence from a two-person imitation experiment. Royal Society Open Science, 5, 181356. PDF

Reader, A.T., & Holmes, N.P. (2016). Examining ecological validity in social interaction: problems of visual fidelity, gaze, and social potential. Culture and Brain, 4(2), 134-146. PDF


Arran Reader, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institutet, Biomedicum
Solnavägen 9, 171 65 Solna, Sweden

email: arran.reader @
office phone: (+46) 8 524 87 217